By News & Resources Editor Martin Elwell. Send me your found poetry news.
One of my favorite sources for information related to art, found poetry, and Conceptualism is Christian Bök. Bök’s trademark is to start his tweets with “They…” Here is a Tumblr account that curates all of Bök’s “They” tweets into a large, conceptual collection.
They post the letters of the Zodiac Killer • They exhibit “first light” from the Solar Dynamics Observatory • They explain why 5 is their favourite number • They recount a brief history of Martian time • They translate the Great Firewall of China into music • They submit poems as definitions to the Urban Dictionary • They compose music in response to “the dark matter of the genome” • They compose music for “real airports” in the wake of Brian Eno • They describe “three doorways to other worlds” • They build a microscopic metropolis entirely out of staples • They note one of the uncanny effects of “spirolateral” mathematics • They showcase the uncanny wonders of “multimagic squares” • They interview Charles Bernstein •
Currently, Silver Birch Press is running a Celebrity Free Verse Series. The featured found poems are sourced from articles, interviews, and other materials related to celebrities. There are poems with sources related to Arnold Schwarzenegger, Shia LaBeouf, Georgia O’Keeffe, and many others. Here’s a sample:
I am the Bride
by Trish Hopkinson
When I really like a girl
I call her ”kiddo.”
I am a loner,
the way I talk with my hands [laughing]
like Elvis Presley on crack, all right?
You get comfortable with your own company—
read, listen to music . . .
It’s like, no worries. [Continue Reading]
It doesn’t matter what genre you’re writing in, this resource created by children’s author Ingrid Sundberg will help you enhance your vocabulary of colors. For found poetry, perhaps there’s an obscure color on the list that can be the starting point for finding a new source text. Personally, I like “fog” and “aegean.”
“I’ve learned that we all have different associations with color words,” Sundberg told Bored Panda. “For example the color sapphire is a light blue to me (since that’s the color of the sapphire on my engagement ring), but a sapphire can also be a very dark blue. I doubt there can be an ‘official color guide,’ as color is so subjective.” Regardless of the subjectivity of color, however, Sundberg’s guide will help expand your descriptive vocabulary beyond green, red and blue.
What happens when you take common symbols and apply them in art work that is separate from their typical context? Will they lose their meaning, will viewers imagine the context, or will they take on a whole new meaning? Find out for yourself here.
When we consider a road map or a map of the territory we note that they contain different information that are represented by different means, according to the purpose for which they were created: each time we find colors, symbols and words that recall a precise meaning. What happens if I take these techniques of representation, these symbols, and take off the scope for which they were created and mingle them with each other?