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We recently wrote about Pulitzer Remix, a National Poetry Month project that pits 85 poets against classic texts to discover within them a found poem for each day of April.

As long as we’re on the subject of found poetry, here’s an opportunity for poets between 13 and 25 years of age: The New York Times 4th Annual Found Poetry Student Contest.

The source material for the contest is “any Times article ever published” — all available online, of course.

There’s not much we can add to this article in yesterday’s New York Times except read it carefully, including (especially!) the rules.

Happy hunting!

Kickstarter - Found Poetry ProjectThe topic of found poetry appears on these posts with some regularity. We’ve also mentioned the Found Poetry Review. So we were intrigued to see that Found Poetry Review has a new endeavor: the Found Poetry Project.

The idea is to share the found-poetry experience by assembling and distributing found poetry kits. It’s a modest project, and found founder and editor-in-chief, Jenni B. Baker, has turned to Kickstarter for community funding. Her goal of $525 has been met and exceeded, which is good news for fans of found poetry.

A Found Poetry Project website is coming, but meanwhile, you can learn more about the project at Found Poetry Review, Kickstarter or Found Poetry Review on Facebook.

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January 13, 2012

found poem by j.i. kleinbergIn case you’ve forgotten how to write found poetry, here are instructions (“Difficulty: Moderate”) from the good folks at eHow.

And for kids (and kids at heart), writer Bruce Lansky offers suggestions for creating found poetry from signs and other on-the-road observations.

For further direction, we turn to Portland blogger PDXkaraokeguy (aka Justin), who offers some technical info on poetry and then a series of poems found verbatim in the news.

Interested in found poetry collage? Through Creative Workshops, Sara Naumann will offer an online Found Poetry Collage Workshop beginning January 23, 2012.

More posts tagged found poetry.
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December 12, 2011

found poem by j.i. kleinbergFinding Poetry is a nice site with thoughtful poems found by Joanna Paterson in source texts including Agatha Christie, Hans Christian Andersen and Dostoyevsky. (Thanks to Susan Bourne of All Found Arts for pointing the way to this one.)

Have posted before about Brian Dettmer. Here’s another dazzling collection of his book sculptures.

In case these have escaped your view, Slate columnist Hart Seely compiled a collection of found poems taken directly from the words of Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld as recorded in the official transcripts of the Department of Defense. The Slate article is here. Seely also published his collection of Rumsfeld’s poetics as a book, Pieces of Intelligence: The Existential Poetry of Donald H. Rumsfeld.

Annie Dillard, author, perhaps most famously, of Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, also has a book of found poems, Mornings Like This: Found Poems (Harper, 1996).

Inspired? The Found Poetry Review is accepting found poetry submissions through December 31, 2011, for its Winter 2012 issue. Guidelines here.

Find more found poetry posts here.

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November 21, 2011

found poem by j.i. kleinbergWarning: the following information could substantially derail your ability to get anything done today.

Thanks to the fun-loving folks at Wave Books, you can try your hand at found poetry, right now, from where you’re sitting, without any of the trouble of looking for a book, newspaper or other original text.

Click on Wave Books ERASURES, select a text (or click on Make an Erasure), then click away until you’ve found the poem you want. Hint: to see what you’ve done, click SAVE, not RESET TEXT.

Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

More found poetry posts.

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October 24, 2011

found poem by j.i. kleinbergThe found poetry file grows…

Looking for a starting place? Here’s a tidy little flickr set of accidental poetry on signs.

John Bevis has written a handbook on found poetry. You can purchase it for download at his website (you may need to communicate with him about converting £ to $) or you can download a sample chapter at no charge here (.pdf format, Adobe Reader required).

For his July 31, 2009 column in The New York Times, Alan Feuer perused the personal ads and came up with a delightful set of found poems from the Missed Connections section. An easily adaptable idea…

If you can’t find poetry anywhere else, look in Texas. Leo Waltz did and here’s what he found. (By the way, if you have $15 to spare, you can actually adopt the unincorporated town of Poetry, Texas, and include a line of text in the Texas Almanac!)

If you’re uncertain about what’s okay to use as found poetry, have a look at the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Poetry, in particular section 2 under Principles and Limitations: New Works “Remixed” from Other Material: Allusion, Pastiche, Centos, Erasure, Use of “Found” Material, Poetry-Generating Software.

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October 17, 2011

found poem by j.i. kleinbergHere are a few more additions to the found poetry file:

Austin Kleon discovers poetry on the pages of a newspaper and reveals them with a black marker. He has published a book of his blackout poems — Newspaper Blackout (Harper Perennial, 2010) — and invites contributions on his website.

Sara Naumann is a mixed-media artist, currently living in Amsterdam, who combines her love of words and images to create found poetry. Lots of examples on her website.

Originally published in 1973 and now in its 4th edition, A Humument, A Treated Victorian Novel, by Tom Phillips, is a classic of found poetry. Phillips has spent decades discovering chance phrasings and reworking the pages of the novel, A Human Document, by W.H. Mallock. Every page is an artwork, entirely different from the one before and after. Read more about Phillips and his book (including images) here, read his occasional blog here, or download Phillips’s Humument App here.

To see earlier posts on found poetry, click here.

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September 4, 2011

found poem by j.i. kleinbergFor the past two years, in honor of Poetry Month (April), The New York Times has run a student challenge to create a found poem with words and phrases from the newspaper. Click to see the 2010 challenge or the 2011 challenge. Links on each of the pages lead to the editors’ selections and related material. It’s not April, but why not follow the challenge rules now with The New York Times or your local paper?

The Folger Shakespeare Library offers a lesson plan for creating found poems by combining lines from Shakespeare and lines from hip-hop songs. The lesson plan is here, or go directly to the PDF handout here (Adobe Reader required).

In our last Found Poetry post we mentioned the Found Poetry Review, which is now inviting found poems on the subject of September 11. As possible source material for found text, the site offers a list of narratives related to the 9/11 attacks and a link to the 9/11 Commission report. In addition, current newspapers, magazines and online sources are filled with articles, letters and other reflections on the event and its aftermath that could be tapped for found poems.

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August 25, 2011

found poem by j.i. kleinbergYesterday’s post on found poetry was itself found and reposted by finder of found things, Susan Bourne, who offers a collection of many bits of found poetry on her all found arts blog.

The Found Poetry Review is all about, you guessed it, found poetry. In addition to definitions, examples and information about fair use standards, the publication also has several pages of prompts.

Flickr, the photo-sharing site, also has a Found Poetry group.

Here are a couple of nice sites on altered books, one of the many faces of found poetry: Karen J. Hatzigeorgiou’s Karen’s Whimsey (click through to look inside each book) and Katey Schultz Writer @ Large.

And speaking of altered books, Brian Dettmer is an artist who creates a kind of visual poetry out of old books. (You may have seen his work on display at the Bellevue Art Museum in 2009.) His vision and craftsmanship are dazzling. Have a look.

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August 24, 2011

found poetryIf your own words don’t seem to be flowing, or if you want to tickle out a new point of view as a starting (or ending) place, or if you’re captivated by a word or phrase you see in print, it might be time to explore found poetry

Here’s a good description of found poetry from The Academy of American Poets.

Here’s How to Write Found Poetry, courtesy of Creative Writing Now.

The Academy of American Poets also offers some insight on Chance Operations, a related poetic form most notably inspired by the Dada Manifesto of poet Tristan Tzara.

Sources are everywhere: magazines, newspapers, catalogs and, yes, even discarded books. Try it!