By News & Resources Editor Martin Elwell. Send me your found poetry news.
Last week I mentioned Kenneth Goldsmith’s performance of his conceptual poem “The Body of Michael Brown.” Goldsmith’s choice to appropriate the content of Michael Brown’s autopsy document has triggered many strong reactions. Here are some that stood out:
Did you write a reaction or find one particularly poignant? Post a link in the comments below.
Are you in the Pittsburgh area? Do you like using sharpies to black out the pages of old books? If you answered yes to these questions, check out the Bridgeville Public Library’s Blackout Poetry event on March 28th!
A program at Bridgeville Public Library, called “Blackout Poetry,” will allow participants to put Sharpies to the pages of old books. With each bold stroke, they’ll use the remaining words to compose a poem, using someone else’s words.
The winner of the 2014 Burnside Review Chapbook Contest, chosen by Hannah Gamble, was FPR friend and Pulitzer Remix participant, Michael Leong. Leong’s chapbook contains poems written as part of the Pulitzer Prize project, and you can grab a copy here.
Michael Leong’s vocabulary is totally stuffed/ multiplying in mirrors/ scattered over hillsides/ bubbling right over the top, and he’s going to give it all to you—he’s generous. He’s generous and funny and a little troubled—and “a little troubled” is, of course, the most logical and authentic response we could hope for anyone who’s examining life and poetry and personhood and artist-ness. This book is so enjoyable—like I said, giving and funny, but also very unlike anything I’ve read lately. It promptly wins the reader over.