By News & Resources Editor Martin Elwell. Send me your found poetry news.
If you’re looking for a new way to approach teaching poetry, check out Jerome Joseph Gentes recent workshop #haikuhack. Bringing together two popular ways to approach poetry in the classroom, Gentes got students creating and then featured their work on Twitter.
If there’s one argument that immediately gets my blood boiling, it’s the old myth that “it was so much better then than it is now.” I was enjoying Tom McCarthy’s post at The Guardian, The death of writing – if James Joyce were alive today he’d be working for Google, until it turned into a rant on the rise of big data and the “death of writing.” The modern equivalent of James Joyce likely is working at Google, as McCarthy theorizes, but I assure you that what she’s creating in her free time is far more interesting than what’s happening at the office. Perhaps I’m ranting now. I’ll leave you with this question: Have we ever been surrounded by anything less than infinite data from which to make art?
There’s hardly an instant of our lives that isn’t documented. Walk down any stretch of street and you’re being filmed by three cameras at once – and the phone you carry in your pocket is pinpointing and logging your location at each given moment. Every website that you visit, each keystroke and click-through are archived: even if you’ve hit delete or empty trash it’s still there, lodged within some data fold or enclave, some occluded-yet-retrievable avenue of circuitry.
When I first started writing this blog, it was rare to find found poetry related news and events occurring outside of the U.S. and Canada. This week, I was impressed with the global reach of found poetry. Here are a few examples of the exciting global press recently bestowed upon found poetry:
- New Zealand poet Dr. Selina Tusitala Marsh dug up found poetry in Taipei
- South African poet and writer Patricia Schonstein made found poetry from the opposing points of view of a soldier and a poet
- In exotic Northampton, Mass., Nancy Pagh’s found poem nearly took the prize in the 14th Annual Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest
What found poetry news showed up in your feed?