MOOC 4: Breaking It Up

Last week’s assignment was to take the pantuom we wrote earlier, and now cut it up, break it apart and get experimental. I love this quote from the class:

Pablo Picasso once stated, “Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.” A writer is an artist with words, crafting entire universes and histories onto the page with the stroke of a keyboard or a pen.

I took my last assignment, Peace of Paper, and went after it with my cursor with vengeance. I have grown to like murdering my own words. It’s payback for all the sleepless nights they cause.

After I finished my Dexteresque dissection, I put the poem back Frankenstein style—a bit of this attached to a bit of that.

I dug deep into the graves in my mind for material and stitched it all together into a monstrosity I call Just In Case. Click it to read it full size.

I think you can still join this Massive Open Online Course. We are in week #5 and the deadline for submission is Sept. 5. Plenty of time!

You can read the rest of my MOOC assignments here:

MOOC 1: Unfelt Flames of Kate Leone

MOOC 2: The Match

MOOC 3: A Trio of Pantuoms














About Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith's work is published in print and online publications, including “Horror Writers Association's Poetry Showcase” vols. 2-4 and “Where the Stars Rise: Asian Science Fiction and Fantasy” anthology. Her novella, Bitter Suites, is a 2018 Bram Stoker Awards® finalist. Her first collection of poetry, “In Favor of Pain,” was nominated for an 2017 Elgin Award. All her books are available on Amazon. Currently, she publishes Space and Time Magazine, a 52 year old publication dedicated to fantasy, horror and science fiction. For more information visit
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