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Revising found poetry is tricky business. How do you stay true to the found language or the concept behind the poem while making lines and images the best they can be? Often times, traditional revision methods and workshops don’t apply to found poems due to the constraints implicit in found language. In October the folks at Magma Poetry published their 25 Rules for Editing Poems, and you’d be surprised how many can be applied to found poetry. Of course, the ones that involve deleting fit best. Leave some of your favorite revision techniques for found poetry in the comments section below. Perhaps we can build a list of our own.
The Found Poetry Review’s own Jenni B. Baker has undertaken an ambitious project to erase David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest one page at a time. Her poignant erasure poems are set on a background of vivid imagery that adds to the rich found language. Check out the site and follow along on Facebook and Twitter!
In her post titled Against Feeling Dumb in The Account Magazine, Jen Hedler Phillis analyzes what seems to be poetry’s self-imposed two-party system: “the lyricists and the experimentalists.” She digs into Calvin Bedient’s Against Conceptualism and contrasts it with Kenneth Goldsmith’s Being Dumb, ultimately revealing that both camps rely upon “audience” for the creation of meaning. Whether you write conceptual poems or lyrical poems or lyrical conceptual poems, this is an interesting take on poetry’s party politics.
Help us build a list: What are your favorite revision techniques for found poetry? Leave some of your techniques in the comments.