This post is part of a weekly column highlighting found poetry related news and resources. If you know of found poetry related news, resources or events that should be featured here, please email News & Resources Editor Martin Elwell.
In his October 23rd column “Jacket Copy,” Los Angeles Times book critic David Ulin discusses the found poetry of Jeff Griffin’s Lost And. Griffin’s collection includes artifacts, letters, poems and scraps recovered in abandoned homes and trailers in the desert communities of Nevada and Southern California. In his write up, Ulin brings to light the tension between the voyeuristic nature of the book and the implied privacy of artifacts created in a private space.
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Under the headline “The Writer as Meme Machine,” Kenneth Goldsmith recounts many of his familiar theories on the future of art and writing in our digital society. Using the ideas of Canadian media scholar Darren Wershler as a jumping off point, Goldsmith presents his vision of the future. While this may not be entirely new to those familiar with Goldsmith’s take on Conceptualism, it is sure to reach new audiences in the readership of The New Yorker.
There’s only one judge in this contest, and his name is not Bob! Robert Lee Brewer has invited readers and writers alike to try their hand at remixing his collection of poems Solving the World’s Problems. Take your inspiration from hip-hop and sample, mash-up, or remix his poems for a chance to win five hundred bucks.