Finders Keepers: Aftermath


It’s been about a month since my last post, and a lot has happened. AWP 2015 went down in Minneapolis in the midst of National Poetry Month. If that wasn’t enough, PoMoSco came to a close after a month of prompts, experimentation and killer poetry shared by PoMoSco participants.

Here’s some news from the first half of May:

Seamus Heaney Found Poem

BritishDid you know Seamus Heaney wrote found poetry? I definitely didn’t. During the celebration of the 80th birthday of Scottish-born poet Eddie Linden, a found poem by the late Heaney was shared.

May 13th will see an eclectic gathering of thinkers and literati assemble in London’s Mayfair to pay homage to the Scottish-born poet and retired poetry editor, Eddie Linden, on his 80th birthday. 

In an accompanying note to Eddie, Seamus wrote: “It struck me this poem (which I found in an unpublished interview) is as typical as it is autobiographical, and that there’s probably some truth in it for most people who grew up Catholic in the middle of the twentieth century — people like Eddie and me. Alright, Eddie? S.H.”

Kleinberg Cut-ups


In their Spring 2015 issue, Atlas & Alice featured a series of Judy Kleinberg’s found poems. The short, visual poems are ransom-note style cut-ups, and Kleinberg describes her process in the lead-in to the series. Enjoy on pages 44 to 54 here!

Controversy of Appropriation

Despite the growth and popularity of found poetry, the debate over appropriation continues. But this drama goes beyond appropriation. Read more about Adam David’s It will be the same / but not quite the same here.

Weeks after writer Adam David removed his appropriative work It will be the same/but not quite the same from public access online, local literary writers have stuck to their guns and continued spewing fire against each other in the name of literary freedom. David received a letter from intellectual property lawyers dated April 13, 2015, forcing him to take down within 5 days the sites on Mediafire and Blogspot where he uploaded his appropriative work. The demand letter was written on behalf of Noelle Q. de Jesus, Mookie Katigbak-Lacuesta, and Anvil Publishing, as joint copyright owners of the micro fiction anthology Fast Food Fiction Delivery Volume 2, from which David took portions for his hypertext found poetry project. David was accused of four grounds of copyright infringement based on reproduction right, other communication to the public of the work, publisher’s right, and moral rights. He was also threatened with a fine of P150,000 and imprisonment of one to three years for each count if he did not comply. More from:



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  • May 26, 2015


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