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.
The actors at the YouTube channel Dead Parrot have taken to the very-small-screen to put comedy, acting and appropriation together for your enjoyment. YouTube comment threads are notoriously hysterical, nonsensical, brutal, dramatic and often just plain stupid. Add drama, British accents and serious actors, and you’ve got YouTube gold. Click here to start laughing, but be warned: BLOODY FOUL LANGUAGE!
For cut-up of a more literal kind, check out the Text Mixing Desk offered by the UK’s Lazarus Corporation. First, type or paste your text. Next, select one or more modules or filters: Trangenderiser (to flip the gender-words and pronouns in your text), Burroughs-style Cut-up Engine (to divide your text into smaller snippets) and/or Expletive Delete Module (to make your text more appropriate for the office or your grandmother). Last, click “Process” and wait for your new text. The fun doesn’t have to stop there…remix, revise, reorder, enjoy!
The international poetry event, Poetry will be made by all!, is kicking off on Thursday, January 30th in Zurich, Switzerland. Expanding on the emergent poetics of online distribution systems and the prominence of poetry in 89plus projects to date, the exhibition will bring together works from renowned and upcoming international poets and writers within displays created by their peers working in design, visual arts and architecture. The exhibition is co-curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Simon Castets and Kenneth Goldsmith, with Danny Snelson as exhibition advisor and program coordinator. After a jam-packed opening program, the exhibition will run from January 30th to March 30th.
Calgary-based poet and writer Helen Hajnoczky recently discovered that entering any letter into a Google search bar will result in the generation of four words starting with the chosen letter. Her discovery lead her to write the partially found poem, “From A to Google,” which portrays the endless bombardment of opportunities to buy something presented to us by a search engine fueled on advertising revenue. Perhaps the most poignant lines in the poem are inspired by the letter G: “G is for Google, Google Translate, Google Maps and Gmail / Our benevolent masters who know what we mean, and set us on the right trail.”