Thursday, November 13, 2008

found poetry, #1 defines found poetry this way:

Found poems take existing texts and refashion them, reorder them, and present them as poems. The literary equivalent of a collage, found poetry is often made from newspaper articles, street signs, graffiti, speeches, letters, or even other poems.

A pure found poem consists exclusively of outside texts: the words of the poem remain as they were found, with few additions or omissions. Decisions of form, such as where to break a line, are left to the poet.

so here's a lil something for ya:

while romantics
claimed paul died

of a broken heart,
the death

certificate listed


"found" in Lyrics of Sunshine and Shadow: The Tragic Courtship and Marriage of Paul Laurence Dunbar and Alice Ruth Moore by Eleanor Alexander.

this book is bananas, by the way.


yana.b. said...

You know why poetry amazes me? It’s that someone can take only three lines and evoke such irreplaceable emotion…kid...

yana.b. said...

I think it was a broken heart though...that killed him of course...