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I recently read some speculation that children’s poetry is dead. It turns out, it’s simply been commandeered by the avant garde. Last week, I came across Carolyn Hembree’s review of Kindergarde: Avant-Garde Poems, Plays, Stories, and Songs for Children at Jacket2. The anthology features many familiar names, including Charles Bernstein, Christian Bök, Wanda Coleman, Juan Felipe, Kenneth Goldsmith, Lyn Hejinian, Cathy Park Hong, Harryette Mullen, Eileen Myles, Leslie Scalapino, Evie Shockley, Juliana Spahr, Anne Waldman, and Rosmarie Waldrop. Despite its appearance, “At first glance, the 9×12 anthology — I’m thinking of its sheer bulk, mustard-colored cover, and blocky title font — might be taken for a phonics workbook from the 1970s,” Hembree’s review reveals that the book is full of layered, strange and enjoyable pieces for both children and adults.
If you’re into book spine poetry, check out the Pinterest Account from the folks at Superstition Review. The journal holds an ongoing book spine poetry contest, details available via Twitter announcements, and both entries and winners are posted to Pinterest. Also, if you happen to live in the Washington, MO area, head to the Washington Public Library to make book spine poetry as part of their National Poetry Month celebration.
Found poetry is popping up all over the place lately. Here’s a small example of a found poem created from a spambot email. If you’re posting found poetry to your blog, other than Oulipost (which I’ll talk about below), add a link to the comments thread on this post.
It’s raining, and I don’t feel like writing poetry. That pretty much sums up my week. However, it is National Poetry Month and I’m journeying on a daily poetry writing quest with 70+ other poets as part of the Found Poetry Review’s Oulipost. At the start of the month, I vowed to write my weirdest poems ever. So far, so good. Like distance running, I’m hopeful that my poetic second and third winds will set in as the month progresses. If you haven’t checked out poems from the many talented contributing poets, I suggest you head to the Oulipost page and visit the comment threads under the daily prompt listings. The most enjoyable part of the project for me has been reading each poet’s daily processes, approaches and innovations. While making a poem a day for 30 days won’t always yield great pieces of literature, it will provide chances to expand your poetic toolbox, learn new ways of approaching your work and build your endurance. Get reading here!