Finders Keepers: Holiday Potpourri


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 Deletionist

DELEver feel like deleting text is just too much work? Let The Deletionist do it for you. Drag The Deletionist icon to your toolbar, navigate to any web page, click the button and watch the text disappear. Maybe you’ll be left with every word beginning with the letter S, maybe you’ll be left with fragments of words, maybe you’ll be left with gibberish, but if you’re lucky, you’ll be left with a poem.

Verbatim Poetry

KeysCan you tell how someone is feeling based on what keys they press on a keyboard? According to Jacob Dodson’s verbatim found poem, “Backspace,” you can. The poem is the result of a keylogger tracking keystrokes while a Facebook message was composed. Perhaps we should just label the “Backspace” key “Angst” or “Insecurity” instead…


AwfulIs it possible for a word or a phrase to contradict itself? Apparently it is! Check out this Wikipedia entry for “Auto-antonym,” or words with a homograph (another word of the same spelling) that is also an antonym. Whether you’re writing original text or creating with found text, keying in on words and phrases that are auto-antonyms is all but certain to add another layer to your work. Be careful, though. If you get carried away, the results could be awful.

Postscript: Writing After Conceptual Art

ConcreteInterested in a gallery show about conceptual writing and Concrete poetry? Then this is for you. Postscript: Writing After Conceptual Art is a traveling exhibit that has been in Denver and Toronto and will head to Michigan State University in 2014. Featuring more than 50 artists from the 1960s to the present, the show has everything from giant tapestries of words and dog-ear poems to desks made just for copying. Derek Beaulieu wrote about the Toronto exhibit in Flaunt Magazine, and you can read about next year’s MSU exhibit here.


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