Finders Keepers: That’s Fair


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

New Fair Use Code

Appropriating language for found poetry is fairly straight forward, but not without risks. To avoid unintentionally overstepping, it’s important to understand the concept of “fair use.” We talk about it here at FPR, and here is the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Poetry released in 2011 by the Center for Media & Social Impact. Recently, Hyperallergic featured an article about new guidelines for fair use in art. Check it out here.

Hoping to remedy pervasive and often crippling uncertainty among artists and art professionals over how and when to invoke fair use when dealing with copyrighted materials, the College Art Association (CAA) has released a “Code of Best Practices in Fair Use.” Spearheaded by American University professors and copyright law experts Patricia Aufderheide and Peter Jaszi, the code offers very clear and concise guidelines for artists, scholars, instructors, curators, and editors whose work may involve using others’ artworks.

Poetry Canvas

Are newspapers obsolete? Perhaps for delivering news, but not for making poetry! For example, if you happen to be in Port Clinton, Ohio, and you or someone you know is a junior-high-school or high-school student, you can make newspaper blackout poetry at the Ida Rupp Public Library. Details here!

Ages sixth through 12th graders are welcome to the library to use newspapers as a poetry canvas. Snacks, refreshments and music will be provided.

Poetry and Pints

Grand RapidsI knew Grand Rapids, Mich. was cool, but it just moved up a notch in my book. Interested in poetry of all flavors? Interested in craft beer? This might be an open mic series for you. They even call out conceptual poets! How could it get better?

“Everyone should attend,” Michael Sikkema, the host and coordinator of the event, says. “Interested in slam poetry? Attend. Interested in alternative traditions like beat, Black Mountain, language, dada, surrealism, conceptual poetry? Attend. Interested in straightforward narrative poems that offer a wild ride? Attend. We don’t discriminate in who we want to see in the audience or who we hand the mic to. Chances are if we have three featured readers, you’ll like at least two of them.”

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