By News & Resources Editor Martin Elwell. Send me your found poetry news.
Word replacements seem to be the awesome theme of the month. This one basically boils down to fun with bible verses. What happens when you replace the word “Philistines” with the word “Haters?” See for yourself over at The Toast.
Judges 10:7 “He became angry with them. He sold them into the hands of the haters and the Ammonites.”
Judges 14:3 “His father and mother replied, ‘Isn’t there an acceptable woman among your relatives or among all our people? Must you go to the uncircumcised haters to get a wife?’”
Judges 15:6 “When the haters asked, ‘Who did this?’ they were told, ‘Samson, the Timnite’s son-in-law, because his wife was given to his companion.’ So the haters went up and burned her and her father to death.”
I have been interested for some time in how computational analysis might actually inform literary criticism, and reviewing the research behind tools like Poetry Assessor has stoked that flame. However, while we trust a computer to “read” our emails to determine what is spam (and are very grateful indeed when it gets things right), there seems to be a general mistrust that similar analyses might be able to teach us new things about poetry. After all, poetry is one of the most intimately human activities.
Interested in hearing some discussion on found poetry? Give a listen to this interview over at Black Hill Press where Jon-Barrett Ingels interviews FPR editor-in-chief Jenni B. Baker, covering topics such as the history of found poetry, erasure poems, centos, copyright and the history of Found Poetry Review.
Black Hill Press presents The How & The Why: Documenting the Creative Process and the Creative Purpose hosted by Jon-Barrett Ingels. This free weekly series, is an educational resource provided to discuss the evolution of publishing with innovators of the industry. Interviews are structured as friendly conversations and conducted via telephone. Occasionally, episodes will be recorded live at special events and highlight multiple guest artists.
If you haven’t read Tom Phillips’ A Humument: A Treated Victorian Novel you can now download a PDF version here. If you want to dive even deeper into the text, check out Douglas Luman’s review of the book here.