Finders Keepers: For the Birds


By News & Resources Editor Martin Elwell. Send me your found poetry news.

A Flock of Found Poetry

There has been a gaggle of found poetry online lately. Some highlights are below. If I missed one (perhaps yours), share it in the comments section!

from Star/Formation – Really System, Douglas Luman

A Very Teenaged Last Year – A-Minor, Roxanna Bennett

The Letter – *82 Review, Winston Plowes

Boy Scout Handbook ErasuresBoaat Press, Jenni B. Baker

A Flight of Free eBooks

EB1Looking for new source material for an erasure, a remix, or another project? Look no further! Here are 700 free eBooks to get you started!

The University of California Press e-books collection holds books published by UCP (and a select few printed by other academic presses) between 1982-2004. The general public currently has access to 770 books through this initiative. The collection is dynamic, with new titles being added over time.

Aesthetics for Birds

Check out this interview where Darren Hudson Hicks asks Conceptual artist Simon Morris about appropriation, copyright, and the difference between art and literature.

This is an art of reading things differently. It starts from a premise proved by the impossibility of making purely conceptual art: that art is always aesthetical and conceptual. To that it couples an obsession with language as both material signifier and social activity. In doing so it establishes a mode of making art that asks: What could we write if reading could be a materially productive act of making art? How might a certain kind of reading-as-making problematise the understandings of authorship, production and reproduction ensconced in our cultural industries? Works of conceptual writing celebrate reading differently as a praxis of exploring the elsewhere of what languages and their users can mean and do. Conceptual writers are committed to working collaboratively and against all-too-certain counter-productive divisions between contemporary art and contemporary literature.

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