Finders Keepers: Anything But Normal


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.

Erasure – Chicago Style

ChicagoDreaming about summer? Beginning in July, the Chicago School of Poetics is offering seven six-week courses that may help round out your plans. With course offerings titled “Erasure Poetry” and “Remix the Poem,” there’s plenty to choose from. All the info you need can be found right here, including course descriptions, prices, and dates.

Constraint Poetry From Down Under

AustraliaIf you’ve got some constraint-based poetry, and I know some of you do, this call for submissions is for you. For its 48th issue, Cordite Poetry Review, will be guest edited by Corey Wakeling, and his words say it best, “…my hope is you will write out of constraints personal and impersonal, sublime and stupid, abstract and creaturely. For some, this may be the moment to indulge in the constraint of formal verse. Crafting new claustrophobia through a sestina, a mesostic, or an Oulipean exercise like ‘N + 7’, is welcome. But the motif of constraint is also a repository of modern discontent: the panopticon, the shopping mall, the mind, the detention centre…Constrain yourself to submission!”

Poets React

RattlePoets respond to news, political issues, and human rights concerns on Twitter and Facebook every day. We’ve all attempted to write a poem during a moment of tragedy, elation, anger,  or confusion, but sometimes (at least for me) those poems come up short without the time and distance to truly process the events, images, and emotions. The editors of the literary journal Rattle recently announced that they plan to test poetry’s ability to quickly react to current events. Each Sunday they will publish one poem responding to current events from the prior week. While they don’t specifically mention found poetry, the forum poses a great opportunity to pull found poetry from the news and debates of the week to submit to Rattle. Submission guidelines are available here.

David Foster Wallace in Normal

David Foster WallaceAuthor David Foster Wallace’s stories are anything but normal, a fact that made the setting for the first annual David Foster Wallace Conference just a bit ironic. Illinois State University hosted the conference where, among other things, poets from the Found Poetry Review’s 2013 special issue W/R/T David Foster Wallace read a selection of their work. In addition, Found Poetry Review editor-in-chief Jenni Baker held a David Foster Wallace found poetry workshop. Photos and poems can be found on our Facebook page. Also, to learn more about Jenni Baker’s epic Erasing Infinite project, go here.



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