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April is over, and the Found Poetry Review‘s National Poetry Month project Oulipost has come to a close. It’s been a crazy month full of all kinds of obligations, responsibilities and activities, but somehow a bunch of poets found the time to sit down (almost) every night and compose a poem from a challenging Ouliopost prompt. I had a great time hanging out with and following along with the Oulipost crew. I can’t speak for everyone, but here’s what I’ve learned: Take your poetry seriously, but don’t take your poetry too seriously. Most worthwhile poems aren’t written in a day, but some worthwhile poems are written in a day. Newspaper language is pretty dry, but newspaper language is just language. If you can’t wait for a poem to be done, it will be done…but it won’t be done.
I can’t wait for April 2015 to see what the Found Poetry Review will do next! Until then, here’s an article about Oulipost participants in Arizona. Also, you can read about Trish Hopkinson’s Oulipost escapades in Utah here and here.
Even the New York Times got in on the found poetry action for National Poetry Month. They asked readers to make Austin Kleon style newspaper blackout poems from NYT articles and then featured a series of selected reader poems (scroll to the bottom of the page to find the poems). Also, it seems that the NYT’s prompt inspired synthetic chemist Arr Oh to make blackout poems with more “scientific language.” Check them out here.
I’ve only dipped my toes into Issue 41 of the online poetry journal Evening Will Come, but it has already peaked my interest. In the May 2014 issue, the editors of the journal seek to understand and possibly clarify conceptual poetry. Instead of debating the merit of conceptual poetry as a genre, they sharing and examining individual works with a regional twist. Check it out here.
What do plumbing, HAL 9000, jealous rage, and science fiction have to do with experimental Canadian poet Christian Bök? Find out by checking out Proust Questionnaire: 17 questions with Christian Bök from Quarterly Literary Review Singapore. In the interview, Bök reveals what he’s reading, his favorite movie genre, the status of his Xenotext Experiment, and more.