where you find it

December 10, 2019

Rich Maschner, a fellow participant in the August Poetry Postcard Fest, posted this wonderful found-cork poem on Facebook, reminding us that it has been a while since we posted about found poetry.

Much missed since it ceased publication in 2016, The Found Poetry Review is still available online. If you’re new to found poetry or looking for ways to spark your next project, have a look at the Resources pages.

UNLOST is a journal of found poetry and art.

Air Salt: A Trauma Mémoire as a Result of the Fall (University of Calgary Press) is a new book by Ian Kinney that uses a variety of found materials to comprehend and recover from a seven-story fall.

See Double Press has published a number of exquisite books of erasure poetry by Mary Ruefle, Lia Purpura, and Lawrence Sutin.

digital found poem is a “random poetic text generator.”


(And by the way, it may only be December, but signups are open for the 2020 August Poetry Postcard Fest.)

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photo used with permission

on poetry

May 24, 2019

“It is a poem. It is a poem. That’s what it is. My poem. It’s as near as I get.”
Tom Phillips
(b. May 24, 1937)

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erase for justice

December 12, 2018

We’ve mentioned erasure projects, books, and exhibits a number of times, but this one has escaped our notice. Until now. The University of Arizona Poetry Center Art for Justice project offers ten source texts and an erasure engine you can use without cost. If you’d prefer, you can make erasures of your own text. If you want to save your work, simply turn it into a PDF. Give it a try.

finding by erasing

July 6, 2017

If you’re interested in found poetry, here’s a project that is generating a lot of buzz: Erasing Infinite, in which poet Jenni B. Baker creates erasure poetry from David Foster Wallace’s 1079-page book Infinite Jest (Little, Brown, 1996), one page at a time.

Learn more by visiting the Erasing Infinite site, reading this article from PBSNewsHour, and liking the Erasing Infinite page on Facebook.

For another page-at-a-time project, see Moby-Dick in Pictures: One Drawing for Every Page by Matt Kish (Tin House, 2011).

finding David Bowie

January 13, 2016

Found Poetry Review Bowie call

The Found Poetry Review invites submissions of poems sourced from and inspired by David Bowie for a special tribute issue.

Submissions deadline: Sunday, February 14, 2016 (Valentine’s Day)

See the complete call to poets and a list of source ideas on the Bowietry page at Found Poetry Review.

have some fun

November 4, 2015

The Deletionist

We’ve mentioned erasure poetry here on a number of occasions. If you are interested in the idea of reducing an existing text to a new poetic essence, you might find yourself blacking out or painting/inking over unwanted words, cutting the desired words from the text or otherwise making your choices. Any text is subject to erasure and also subject to principles of copyright and fair use.

To try your hand at online erasure, head to The Deletionist, drag the Deletionist icon onto your bookmark bar then head to a text-y web page and start “erasing.” Have fun!

Celebrate the ow in Bukowski

November 19, 2013

Bukowski Erasure PoetryAre you a fan of Charles Bukowski? Have you tried your hand at erasure poetry? Here’s an opportunity combine the two. Silver Birch Press, an independent publisher located in Los Angeles, invites your submissions to Bukowski Erasure Poetry.

See examples on Bukowski on Wry. The call for submissions and guidelines are here and the deadline is December 15, 2013. Selected Bukowski Erasure poems will appear on the Bukowski On Wry blog and in a printed collection.

Silver Birch Press has recently released the Bukowski: An Anthology of Poetry & Prose about Charles Bukowski, a 272-page collection that includes portraits of the author by over 75 writers and artists around the world.

Poetry magazine, May 2011Every issue of the venerable (since 1912) Poetry magazine is densely packed with poems and text. Eric Elshtain, poet-in-residence at John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital, in Chicago, introduced the May 2011 issue of Poetry as a starting place in a recent workshop with children in the pediatrics ward of Stroger.

Within the magazine’s pages, the young patients discovered poems within poems, then combined them with images. The results are startling and moving.

See photos of these erasure-plus poems and read Fred Sasaki’s article, “From Snow City,” in Harriet, the blog of the Poetry Foundation.

found poetry…6

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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