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


Borges Battle

BorgesImagine creating a transformational and well-cited experimental piece, only to end up guilty of plagiarism. That’s exactly what happened to Pablo Katchadjian when he expanded the Jorge Luis Borges story, El Aleph. Read Katchadjian’s story here and here. If you want to appropriate some Borges of your own, click here (Spanish or Google Translate required).

Pablo Katchadjian, an Argentine writer and forthcoming UDP author, was recently charged with plagiarism for his experimental work, El Aleph engordado, in which he added to Borges’ original story, El Aleph, to create a new text. In Katchadjian’s work, the original text was clearly attributed to Borges (both in the postscript and the title —”engordado” means “fattened or “expanded”). However, Borges’ widow appealed the court’s two original dismissals of the case, and last week Katchadjian was found in guilty in a Buenos Aires court. 

Poetry & Robots

On a light note, “every bot is a poet,” but is every poet a bot?

Some of my best friends are bots. I tend to say What’s up, bots, when I greet them—I like to be old-fashioned. After all, There’s a bot born every minute, et cetera. I was thinking of writing a poem about bots, but that’s already so ten minutes ago, and anyway, some bot has already written that poem.

Apostrophe Engine

Speaking of robots, click here and they are at your service!

Click on any line to create a new poem. Please be patient, as our robots are working as fast as they can.

Critical Questions

roboQIn recent months, conceptual poetry and the act of appropriation have brought about questions of boundaries, racism, privilege and art. In some cases, as with most forms of art, some conceptual works have been celebrated while others have been condemned. Here are some of the discussions.

In the end, we can’t escape the world — how it affects us, and how we affect it by what we write. No matter how small the circle or high the walls, writing is a human matter, and will be confronted on human terms — for the good it does, for the damage it does, the brilliance and the nonsense.

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