Finders Keepers: A weekly round-up of found poetry news and resources


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.


Found Poetry as Voyeurism

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.



Fake Word Generator

Ever wanted to be credited with the invention of a new word? Now’s your chance! This fake word generator pumps out unique, made-up words at the click of a button. The practical and not-so-practical applications are endless. And, if your dream is to invent a word, you need only generate a definition and start lobbying Merriam-Webster.



Conceptualism in The New Yorker

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.


Digital Emily DickinsonDickinson

Last week, “Emily Dickinson Archive,” an open-access website for the manuscripts of Emily Dickinson, was launched. The site allows users to search and view digital images of original Dickinson papers and manuscripts. While this is great news for Dickinson enthusiasts and scholars, it also holds many possibilities for found poetry and visual art…as long as you’re willing to navigate the legalese of their Copyright & Terms of Use page.



Remix the World’s Problems, Win $500

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.

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