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Ever find yourself worrying about poetic productivity? What if all those hours squandered on [insert inane activity here] had been dedicated to poetry? Well, there’s no sense dwelling on the past. What can we do to change the future? The answer is, “everything.” Although they don’t know it, this is where Laura Madeline Wiseman and Grace Bauer come in. In the post, “To See If Great Minds Really Do Think Alike,” Compose Journal features a conversation in which the two poets discuss their writing processes, recent projects and a slew of other interesting tidbits, including how Wiseman created a found poem from her great-great-great-grandmother’s lectures. Based on their conversation, and their impressive recent accomplishments, Wiseman and Bauer are not squandering their hours. Instead, they’re busy making poetry. Get out there and make yours!
As you may know, haiku is a little form that is often underestimated. A true haiku is much more than 5-7-5, sometimes not 5-7-5 at all, and as it turns out, a great form of stress relief. When I came across Little Billboards, I was struck by two things: first, the vivid visual presentation of the erasures, and second, the simple complexity of the poems and haiku. Here’s a sample, but don’t stop there. Take a deep breath and keep going. There’s lots to see in these pages.
Appropriation is spreading. Soon, teenagers and adults everywhere will be doing it. Its latest victim: film titles. Watch this breakup performed entirely in film titles. It’s terrifying! Hide your book spines, recycle your old newspapers and lock your Twitter feed. You could be next!
What better way to curb anxiety about poetic productivity than to commit to writing 30 poems in 30 days? Even better, why not commit to utilizing found language, bizarre constraints and a local newspaper to make the poems? I couldn’t think of a more interesting way to spend my April, so I signed up for The Found Poetry Review’s National Poetry Month project, Oulipost. Although challenging, last year’s project, Pulitzer Remix, was rewarding in so many ways: I wrote and shared 30 new poems; I made several new friends via the Facebook group; I got to read a new book; the list goes on… To prepare for the challenge of Oulipost, I thought I would take a peak at some background information about the Oulipo movement. Care to “head into the maze” with me?