I’m a little late getting my Poetry Friday post up but it’s still Friday and I had a lot of fun putting this together.
This week, I played around with some ideas for found poems. From what I understand, a found poem is one created out of words and phrases that are pulled from another work. The words and phrases are then placed together to create something entirely new and unique.
A poem can be ‘found’ in a speech, a song, a letter, a manual, an advertisement, a newspaper article, or in any written text.
Here is a found poem I created out of a rejection letter.
thank you for
we do hope
and continue to search
thank you again for
we do wish
And here is a found poem I created from an acceptance letter.
consulted for his wisdom
we will run around the world
cut and paste
an ancient language,
limericks and haiku
if you find
a convoluted path
make the poems
Here’s a found poem I created out of some album titles.
This Women’s Work
After the Gold Rush
Ladies of the Canyon
Shine a Light
I Can See Clearly Now
I’m a Mountain
Diamonds on the Inside
In the order they appear above, the albums are works by Kate Bush, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, The Rolling Stones, Johnny Nash, Tori Amos, Gillian Welch, Sarah Harmer, Ben Harper.
Here’s a poem I found at the grocery store.
Here’s a poem I found at the library.
If you've worked on found poetry, I'd love to hear about it.