Finders Keepers: Brain Dump


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.

Oulipost Brain Dump

BrainDumpLooks like news about Oulipost has gone into syndication. An article that was shared last week has been picked up here and here. Pretty exciting! Winston Plowes is receiving regular coverage in the Yorkshire Times. Also, Roxanna Bennett was nice enough to provide a second Oulipost round up here. Today, I came across this bizarre video about the Oulipo on YouTube that you should definitely watch. Important learnings from the video include the following: Members of Oulipo are excused from group meetings if they are dead, like the Hotel California, you can check out of Oulipo but you can never leave, and finally, Oulipo constraints apparently don’t easily apply to the English language (a fact that I’m sure all Oulipost participants have learned the hard way). I’m sure I’ve missed something. If I did, please share it in the comments!

Book Spine Contests

libraryBased on the last few weeks of found poetry news, Libraries love found poetry. Specifically, they love book spine poetry (a library seems like a logical place to make book spine poetry) and blackout/erasure poetry. Here are two more places you can go to get your fix of found poetry during national poetry month: The Des Moines public library in Iowa is holding a book spine poetry contest. The Leyden Libraries in Franklin Park, IL are encouraging visitors and students to make blackout poetry and book spine poetry. If you haven’t seen anything going on in your town, try setting something up at the library. From what I’m seeing, they’d be glad to help.

The Liberal Media

LiberalMediaThe found poem, “All Bacteria Considered,” by poet and Oulipost participant Kelly Nelson appeared in the collection The Liberal Media Made Me Do It: Poetic Responses to NPR & PBS Stories. Nelson’s poem is a cento created from excerpts from transcripts of nine recent NPR stories on bacteria. You can find the book here.

What is your name? What is your quest? What website should you use to make found poetry from Monty Python material?

RoundTableIf you want to try to make Monty Python material even better (possibly impossible), check out this website for tons of usable content including scripts, sound bites and clips. RATHER BE WRITING YOUR POETRY! Alright then, off you go…



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