The prompt for today comes from Canadian poet, Christian Bök. For more about Christian, and to see other poems for this challenge please visit Found Poetry Review Impromptu #16
USE A TEXT TO DRAW A FIELD OF STARS.
- Select a single page of writing from an antiquary textbook on astronomy.
- Scan this page, using customary software for manipulating photographs.
- Erase all text from the image, leaving behind only the punctuation marks.
- Assign to each punctuation mark, a specific style of dot, bullet, or asterisk.
, = •
. = ✦
; = ✹
: = ★
— = ☉
- Replace each punctuation mark with the specified bullets from your cipher.
- Vary the point-size of each asterisk, according to the number of letters in the word originally preceding the punctuation (for example: 1 letter = + 0.5 pts).
- Change the colour of the background to black; change each mark to white.
- Connect some of the largest dots by drawing lines to make a constellation.
- Identify the starfield, using the title of the book (and the page number cited).
It took awhile to locate a source, since I have no access today to antiquaries or astronomical treatises other than via the internet.
Although I have used photo editing tools for erasures and blackouts, I am essentially one of the unwashed when it comes to this kind of stuff. Due to various complications along the way: no white font, a rather rough looking image.
Taurid Meteor Showers