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.
If the internet wasn’t already big enough for your found poetry needs, you can now search every word spoken during 2.7 million hours (and growing) of television broadcast across 70 channels. At Ark TV, you can either click through the scrolling ticker of options or search on a keyword to access raw television transcripts to be remixed, manipulated, copied, pasted or erased.
Jeannie Vanasco’s “Absent Things As If They Are Present,” republished by longform.org from The Believer, January 2012, shows us that to erase is to write. To erase is to leave something else behind, to create a new work out of an existing one. It’s about first examining the past and then wiping it out through intense revision as a way to push forward. Some may consider it taboo to erase. Erasurists believe exclusion is not a matter of arbitrary formalism but the very heart of meaning. Erasure is less about the reader seeing absence and more about the writer using it to inform the creative process.
Bukowski on Wry has issued a call for submission of erasure poems created using Charles Bukowski’s prose or poetry. Selected poems will appear on their blog and in a printed edition. Submission guidelines can be found here, so grab your black marker, pour some whiskey and get creating!
On the anniversary of 9/11, David Joselit blogged about his book After Art at berfrois.com. In his post, Joselit talks about the “plasticity of information” in our society and how it has caused our views on the nature of art and the consumption of art to change. Joselit shows that art can and does wield political, social and economic power. The information available to us is vast, contradictory, maybe even dangerous. What are you doing with it?
Patricia Schulze, a teacher in Yankton, SD, has created an innovative lesson plan to introduce students to poetry by encouraging them to make found poems. Everything you need to put the plan into practice is available at readwritethink.org. Even if you’re not a teacher, the “Word Mover” tool is a fun place to build a found poem of your own.