Word replacements seem to be the awesome theme of the month. This one basically boils down to fun with bible verses. What happens when you replace the word “Philistines” with the word “Haters?” See for yourself…
My favorite technique is Pickworth’s choice to replace nouns in certain texts with the word “Bigfoot.” It’s surprising how transformative a word replacement can be. If you’re searching for Bigfoot, or just a great book of poetry, you can find Bigfoot for Women here.
A painting professor of mine once said “a real artist can made a good painting from anything,” and I believe that applies to poets who write found poetry.
If this open-ended prompt is stressful, then perhaps you could vape, take a selfie, hug your bae, and then try again.
“I love hunting for poetry and finding it in the most inconspicuous places… in fact the weirder the source the better.”
Be the Smooth Operator of found poetry.
I know most of you utilize found language to create poetry, but what about the language you appropriate without even realizing you’re doing it? Do you have Cryptomnesia?
Before kale was the superfood we massaged, blended, and blogged about, it was simply Mary Shelley’s favorite veggie. Since her husband, the poet Percy, had such bad eating habits—sometimes he’d work so hard he’d forget to eat—Mary kept a well-stocked garden so the bard would get his greens.
“I don’t believe any writing is original. Words are everywhere—everything we read, hear and learn influences how we express ourselves.”
Erasing “Friendly Fairies” by Johnny Gruelle.