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.
Is Facebook just personalized fiction? Can you trust the life that your Facebook friends portray? Facebook as fiction has been a topic of much discussion in the most recent week. First, there was this article in N+1 magazine defining one’s Facebook feed as a personally curated “fiction.” Then came this short film, satirizing the difference between Facebook life and real life. And finally, a response to the accusations against Facebook life in Slate Magazine here. How often do you believe what you read on Facebook? Either way, are you using Facebook content to make found poetry? Weigh in using the comments section below.
A couple of weeks ago, I posted about a call for submissions for an anthology of manifestos. In case you are currently working on one, here is a manifesto for manifestos. Along with a history of the manifesto as a form, this article by Julian Hanna at The Atlantic provides a how-to list for writing a manifesto. Most notably, your manifestos should make use of bad press and shock value. Apparently, you should set out to be the Kanye West of manifestos. There’s even an erasure style manifesto sampled in the article. What’s next, a manifesto compiled solely of found language from other manifestos?
Poet Kelly Nelson, a Found Poetry Review contributor and Oulipost participant, recently had two found poems published in Issue 3 of Really System. The poems, “My Uncle at Nineteen” and “His Mother Writes the Warden, 1955,” are part of a book-length project of found poetry that Nelson is writing using her uncle’s 500-page prison record.
I came across this advertisement for a mobile writing app called “Writing Challenge,” which provides various prompts and plot twists at regular intervals to help keep your short story or novel moving. Intrigued, I wondered if it could be somehow used to generate found poetry. After a very small amount of thought, I decided that I would Google each prompt and use the search results to make a found poem that could be shared here. I proceeded to the Google Play store on my phone and searched for the app. To my dismay, the app is $1.69 to download (which we all know is the equivalent of asking to cut off a toe). No poetry was made.