Finders Keepers: Shall We Play A Game?


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.

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It’s Oulipost Time!

OulipostNo “global thermonuclear war” here, but it is April! That means it’s  National Poetry Month and time for Oulipost, the Found Poetry Review’s 2014 National Poetry Month project. What’s more exciting than 70+ poets creating 30 poems each over 30 days in April using whacky constraints and found language from local newspapers? I can’t think of anything. Check out the Oulipost page here, search the #Oulipost hashtag on Twitter, visit the blogs of participating poets to read their daily poems, and read more about the Oulipo movement here. If you want to hear a 15-minute lecture on the Oulipo (pro tip: keep some coffee handy), you can listen here. Happy reading and writing everyone!

Video Game Poetry

CLI recently came across this call for submissions from Cartridge Lit for “video game lit.” They’re looking for prose and poetry inspired by video games, about gamers and about characters living in virtual worlds. A while back, I posted about found poetry created from material related to The Sims. What’s your favorite video game world? Start playing, create some found poetry from the language of your preferred gaming universe and send it to Cartridge Lit!

Wicked Local Found Poetry

MRWant to attend a reading of found poetry during National Poetry Month? Head to the R.J. Grey Junior High School Auditorium in Acton, MA to hear accomplished poet Mary Ruefle read as part of the presentation of the 14th Annual Robert Creeley Award. Ruefle has published several books of poetry, including a book of erasures. If you can’t make it to Massachusetts, let us know what readings you’ll be attending this month.

Memory Erasure

ErasureIn a recent post on her blog, A Very Curious Mind, Alison J. Stein explores the application of the erasure technique to undesirable memories, specifically her former married name. In her post, Stein shares her story, discusses the erasure form and reveals a small but poignant erasure poem created from a library receipt. Check it out here.



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