Finders Keepers: Shakespeare to Robots


By News & Resources Editor Martin Elwell. Send me your found poetry news.

Out of Sequence

SonnetRecently published by Upstart and edited by D. Gilson, Out of Sequence: The Sonnets Remixed features a bonanza of forms, genres, methods and concepts put together in response to the most famous poetic sequence of all time. You may also find some familiar names among the contributors.

Though we have many deliberate reinventions of Shakespeare’s plays…we have decidedly fewer of his poetry.

If Shakespeare the auteur and his sonnets have influenced so much of how we think (and act) as humans, how might we be un- and redone by the conscious act of responding to (or through) these seventeenth century verses? Here you will find a wide variety of remixes; entries various by their form — poems, short essays, comics, songs, and art; and various by their remixer — poets, essayists, artists, musicians, and scholars.

Photographing a Conceptual Poet

What will you find at the intersection of conceptual poetry, photography, gender prejudice, and cigarettes? You’ll find this piece by Aaron Otis and Katie Schmid.

Katie and I decided to pursue the idea that a female writer could be both powerful and funny in the same photo. That subject could also avoid the trappings of the negative stereotypes associated with female writers in a historically male dominated field.

Erasure Explained

Check out this interview with Found Poetry Review poetry editor (and Guns N’ Roses fan!), E. Kristin Anderson where she discusses erasure, her recent projects, and more.

I’m definitely attracted to the idea of writing more found sestinas. That said, my current favorite form is found poetry. Particularly erasure. I’m working on a full-length manuscript of poems written using text from fashion and women’s interest magazines.

no work flow

Here’s a Tumblr account titled no work flow. It is regularly updated with randomly generated Photoshop images by a bot. I like bots. Have I mentioned that?

1 Comment

  • August 16, 2014

    Lewis Oakwood

    An erasure poem (Responses) found in the article – ‘The World Needs Poetry: A conversation with E. Kristin Anderson.’



    “Can you tell a bit about your poems?”

    Emily Dickinson:
    “All of my work
    a record
    of layers.”

    William Carlos Williams:
    “About the every day
    messed up stuff.”

    Louise Gluck:
    “A sense of
    both your own voice
    and the voice of a character.”

    A guide for the practical