Found Poetry Prompt: Experiments

Photograph of female mad scientist
Photograph of female mad scientist

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In the spirit of promoting the art of found poetry beyond our four issues per year, we’re launching a series of weekly poetry prompts to get poets writing found poems, erasure poems and centos all year round.

This week’s theme is EXPERIMENTS.

In honor of found poetry — an experimental poetry form — write a found poem related to the idea of experiments. Check out these sample texts/links to get you started, or use a source of your own to come up with this week’s poem.

Write a “experiment”-themed found poem using one of these texts or one of your own, and come back and share your poem in the comments section during the week.


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  • July 6, 2011

    Chris Whitehead


    The motion of a boat along a Dutch canal
    from the late 17th century onward
    between electricity and magnetism

    A state of constant velocity
    to validate physical theories

    Not adequate to characterize the motion
    of two bodies tied to a rope
    in the absence of a non-zero net force

    Put very simply
    the less massive skater
    will draw the horse
    to relax or unbend
    to relax or unbend itself

    The motion of a boat along a Dutch canal
    will be proved in the next scholium