F is for Found Poetry

I really liked another AtoZ Blogger‘s idea to write a Dadaist poem. And so today when I couldn’t come up with a word for F, I looked up types of poetry that start with F and discovered something called a “found poem” popular many decades ago.

Found poetry is a type of poetry created by taking words, phrases, and sometimes whole passages from other sources and reframing them as poetry (a literary equivalent of a collage) by making changes in spacing and lines, or by adding or deleting text, thus imparting new meaning. (from Wikipedia)
So when I googled found poetry, amazing artistic images came up of old book pages with loops around words and paintings and drawings in between.  I am so excited at this discovery, I can barely sit still.  So rather than just write out a Found Poem, I will make one!
This comes from the only thing I had with me, a page I had typed up for a meeting last week and colored pens and a blue highlighter.  Work with what you’ve got!  Enjoy.
Peace Spoke
Peace Spoke
      Peace
spoke
                about refugees,
          support
someone       with
Compassion.

10 thoughts on “F is for Found Poetry

    1. That is so neat, Kate! What a great idea for students! So glad that it is inspiring you and others. Post the results in your blog sometime! I’ll follow. all the best!

  1. Awesome idea! Had I known that I could have turned my old meeting minutes into poetry, I’d have been much happier in my cubicle ;o)

    As it was, some of my doodles took on a life of their own. But yours is so gorgeous, I’m going to go off and play.

  2. Found poetry is surprisingly fun. I’m not a poet at all but I have a little pouch full of words cut from magazines. I dump them out and grab some and see what comes out. I certainly surprise myself sometimes!

    1. That’s delightful! What a fun way to create…and to think of sticking those in a drawing or painting. Well, that just brings up all sorts of ideas for a found poetry journal! Thanks!!

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