Finders Keepers: Make It New


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.

It was only a matter of time before the famous Ezra Pound mandate, “Make it new,” asked to be the title of a weekly News & Resources post. This is the week.

Road Directions

RoadGregor Weichbrodt made Jack Kerouac’s On the Road new by merging it with the Google Maps Direction Service. The exact and approximate spots Kerouac traveled and described were taken from the book and parsed by the Google Direction Service API. The chapters match those in the original book. While the directions don’t have the same flow as Kerouac’s prose, they portray an interesting micro-view of the detailed routes Kerouac may have traveled. Give me a shout if you plan to drive the route. I’d love to come along!

Sit Down & Shut Up

NanceNance Van Winckel made the Official Guide to the 1964 World’s Fair new by altering, underlining, writing over and messing with it. Van Winckel’s text-based collage work has appeared in several literary journals, and excerpts from her World’s Fair piece are currently featured at Ninth Letter. Go ahead and check it out. It’s fascinating, and “it costs nothing to ride.”

Encoded Reality

SimsYannick LeJacq made notes issued by Electronic Arts to users of the video game Sims 3 new by compiling a list of his favorites into a sort of found poem. The notes, intended to explain ongoing updates and changes made to the game, are a strange intersection of reality and video game logic. LeJacq’s post also links to some other examples of art created from video games. In case you’d like to try your real or digital hand at Sims 3 poetry, here is the link to a larger collection of notes that accompanied software patches for Sims 3.

Alphabetizing Lorde

LordeJames W. Moore made two Lorde songs new by alphabetizing and remixing her lyrics into the poem “How to Run Things.” Based on the recent Found Poetry Review prompt, Top 40, Moore took the Lorde songs, Royals and Team, alphabetized and mixed their lyrics and created an entirely new piece. Additional responses to the Top 40 post can be found in the comments section here. Holla back in the comments section if you want to join the party with your response to the Top 40 prompt or if you just want to share something you’ve made new.



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