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 is an American poet, publisher and author. Her first collection of poetry, In Favor of Pain, was nominated for an 2017 Elgin Award. Her latest novella, Bitter Suites, is a 2018 Bram Stoker Awards® Finalist. Currently, she publishes Space and Time magazine, a 53 year old publication dedicated to fantasy, horror and science fiction. For more information visit or
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