Not signed in (Sign In)
Welcome to The Watercooler, the companion forum to Northern Attack and all things concerning The Office on NBC.

Guests are free to browse the forums, although you will need to register for an account if you wish to participate in the discussions or use any of the advanced features of the forum (bookmarks, history, etc).

If you already have an account, please sign in now.

The Watercooler is powered by Vanilla, the sweetest forum on the web.

Bottom of Page
Found poetry in The Office
  1. <
  2. 1
  3. 2
  4. >
1 to 30 of 55
Nov 20th 2006 edited

Have you heard of found poetry? Found poetry is basically the finding and drawing-out of the poetic in everyday speech. Here are a few more good examples from a source mentioned in the Wikipedia article.

Given the general interest in poetry and mental games that exists around here, I thought it would be fun to try to find poetry in The Office. Michael seems like he'd be a particularly good source.

(Any ideas for a thread title quote?)

Nov 20th 2006 edited

The Warehouse World

You know what?
There is another side to this place, gentlemen.
And I know we all love our cushy jobs
and our fun, exciting office.

But do you realize
that underneath us is another world?

The warehouse world.
A world that is teeming with sweat,
And dirt,
And life.

Life.

The bowels of the office.
These guys are down there.
They are real men
Doing real man’s work.

We are going to learn how a warehouse works.

Nov 20th 2006 edited

That Farm

It is an outrage,
That's all.
They are making a huge,
Huge
Mistake.

Let's see Josh replace these people.
Let's see Josh find another Stanley.
You think Stanleys
Grow on trees?

Well they don't.
There is no Stanley tree.

You think
The world is crawling with Phyllises?

Show me that farm.

With Phyllises
And Kevins
Sprouting up
All over the place
Ripe for the plucking.

Show me that farm.

Nov 20th 2006

Thinking It Through

Let’s think this through.
If we ask corporate for that, then…

Could go either way.
We don’t know
what they are going to say.

Have to think it through.
Because if they say no…

No,
Yes,
We have to.
You know why?
‘Cause I don’t like to be cooped up in that office.
In that box all day long.
Heisman!
Because I need to think.
OK, Jim?

Nov 20th 2006

Whipped

One beer,
and one 7 and 7
with eight maraschino cherries,
sugar on the rim,
blended if you can.

Nov 20th 2006

Question: Are these verbatim, or should we look to take some license with the script where we find flashes of poetry? These look like they're word-for-word, which would raise the writers a few more notches higher than they already are to me.

Nov 20th 2006

Of Flowers and Terraces

Dreams are just that.
They’re dreams.
They help get you through the day.
Like the thing about the terrace. It’s nice.
But, um …
I don’t know.

It was just something
I read in this book
when I was 12.

Uh, the girl in the book has a terrace
outside of her bedroom.
And she planted flowers on it.

And I just loved that.

Just always kind of stuck with me.

Nov 20th 2006

Pretzel Day

I wake up every morning
in a bed that's too small

drive my daughter
to a school that's too expensive

and then I go to work
to a job for which I get paid too little.

But on pretzel day...

Well, I like pretzel day.

Nov 20th 2006 edited

Liar

Excuse me,
I'm fine with my
choices.

These look like they're word-for-word, which would raise the writers a few more notches higher than they already are to me.

I'm not trying to undercut the writers, but you can do this same form of poetry with practically anything and it will sound profound. I used to have my students cut random tag lines and phrases from magazines and ads, not letting them know in advance what we were doing, then they'd assemble them into poems. Even a Pringles ad becomes deep and meaningful with the right line breaks and stanza arrangement. Maybe phrases from "The Office" are deeper and more meaningful...but I dare you not to try it the next time you see any advertisement. Trust me - it works. And it's fun ;-)

Nov 20th 2006 edited

Question: Are these verbatim, or should we look to take some license with the script where we find flashes of poetry?

Verbatim is how I pictured them, but you could do something different. That's totally cool. You can do whatever you want.

Nov 20th 2006

If I could remembers Michael's whole speech about the pony at his birthday party and about how his mom had to rub lotion on him the whole time, that would make a killer found poem. But my DVD is upstairs, and I'm feeling lazy.

Nov 20th 2006

one foot out the door

If I had to,
I could clean out my desk
in five seconds,
and nobody
would ever know
I had ever been here.

And I'd forget too.

Nov 20th 2006

Pringles

Once you pop...,
the fun don't.
Stop.

Yeah, you're right.

Nov 20th 2006 edited

Enough is enough

Hey, everybody, uh,
could I have your attention
for just a second?
Would you listen to me
for just a second?
Um,
We were up at the front and
We were talking about what’s really important and
Pam,
um,
I think enough is enough.

Nov 20th 2006 edited

Lazy Scranton

Sittin’ in my office with a plate of grilled bacon,
Call my man Dwight just to see what was shakin’
Yo Mike, our town is dope and pretty
So check out how we live in the Electric City!

They call it Scranton -What?
The electric city
Scranton - What?
The electric city

Lazy Scranton the electric city
They call it that cause of the electricity

The city’s laid out from East to West
And our public parks and libraries are truly the best

Call poison control if you’re bit by a spider
But check that it’s covered by your health care provider

Are you hungry? Well quit your whining
The new downtown has 5 star dining

You like coal mines and you wanna see em?
Well check it out yo, the Anthracite Museum

The dope thing to do that are several in counting
The illest place to go is Montage Mountain

Plenty of place in the parking lot
But the little cars go in the compact spot (spot spot spot spot)

Snack attack time - don’t lose your head
We like Cuggino’s for the tasty bread

They call it Scranton -What?
The electric city

Nov 20th 2006 edited

The Wisdom of Marge Simpson

I'm not going to live
in a house
of evil
just to save
a few dollars.

and

Shoot them all
and let
God
sort it out.

Nov 20th 2006 edited

Wow, Jinx. That's not just found poetry. It's - dare I say? - literature.

Did you go on NBC.com and listen to that whole rap over again so you could transcribe it as a poem? Are you having a slow day at work? A case of the Mondays, perhaps? Hey, it is Monday - shouldn't you be at Pizzeria Uno or something?

Nov 20th 2006

Yeah, Teapot, I'm enjoying this thread but was too lazy to come up with my own examples, so...not really found poetry so much as just poetry, but so funny it deserves to be here.

Nov 20th 2006

Yes, as a matter of fact I just returned from Pizzeria Unos...am I in a rut or something? I googled "dope and pretty" and found one place that had already transcribed it. I just bust out laughing every time I watch or think about that video.

Nov 20th 2006 edited

am I in a rut or something?

I only remember it because of your infamous run-in with the flirty hostess. You said you go there on Mondays, I think. I would go there on Mondays. Monday are icky. They need a spark of something. Pizza would do it.

Nov 20th 2006

I actually look forward to Mondays lunch. All week I get up too early in the morning, drive a car that's too old, work on too many projects at work...but on Mondays? Well I like Pizzeria Uno's day. I spread out my newspaper and order the same thing every time, and really enjoy it. Sometimes you gotta fleece out the small moments.

Nov 20th 2006 edited

In a rut is sometimes confused with tradition. Nothing wrong with an enjoyable tradition. Eating ham & cheese every lunch...now that's a rut.

Good undercover work elsewhere, my friend.

Nov 20th 2006

Good undercover work elsewhere, my friend.

Heh...now we have a special secret between us and I feel important. :-)

Nov 20th 2006

I hate feeling left out. I don't feel important.

Nov 20th 2006 edited

Teapot, you are Dwight Army of Champions-calibre important! :-)

Nov 20th 2006

LT: you are most important. It's just that if I told you... well... you know...

Nov 20th 2006 edited

non-proliferation treaty for nukes

hahaha!

Nov 20th 2006

Ode to Jinx

I actually look forward
to Mondays
lunch.

All week I get up
too early in the morning,
drive a car that's too old,
work on too many projects
at work...
but on Mondays? Well I like Pizzeria Uno's day.

I spread out my newspaper
and order the same thing
every time,
and really enjoy it.

Sometimes
you gotta fleece out the
small moments.

Nov 20th 2006

Nice.

Nov 20th 2006

blushing

I'm a poet and I don't know it!

  1. <
  2. 1
  3. 2
  4. >
1 to 30 of 55
Top of PageBack to discussions