Finders Keepers: Punctuation Inflation


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.

Punctuation Inflation

PunctuationHave you found yourself growing immune to the exclamation point!?! Perhaps irritated by the double question mark?? Megan Garber asks the readers of The Atlantic, “Have we hit peak punctuation?????” She also ponders whether or not human expression is moving toward image-based communications and away from “purely lexical communications.” For those of you writing found poetry, do you use the punctuation in your source texts? Do you add your own punctuation? What impact will a shift toward more image-based communications have on your poetry? Discuss…………………

Chicago-Style Blackout Poetry

TeenBlackoutPoetryAs you may know, National Poetry Month is a great time to introduce kids of all ages to poetry. And blackout poetry is a fun way to get kids to engage with a text, language and poetry all at once. If you’re in the Chicago area on Thursday, April 24th, head to the Morton Grove Public Library from 5 to 6 pm for “Do it Yourself Crafts.” They’ll be creating blackout poems and mounting them on canvases for display. Is an event like this taking place near you? Post it in the comments section below!

Erasing The Great Gatsby

GatsbyEnjoy erasure poetry? Love The Great Gatsby? If you answered “yes” to these questions, check out this call for submissions from Silver Birch Press. Also, you can read the Gatsby-ized erasure, “Summer Night,” by Cathy Dee on the Silver Birch blog.

The Brainstormer

BrainstormerIf our poetry prompts, calls for submissions and other projects (didn’t think I’d go a whole week without mentioning Oulipost, did you??) aren’t keeping you busy enough, check out The Brainstormer for some totally random topics and words to include in your poetry. If you enjoy strange constraints and randomly assigned challenges, it just may be the tool for you.

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