By News & Resources Editor Martin Elwell. Send me your found poetry news.
We’re about a week early for end-of-year lists, but this one included “Blackout Poetry!”
First, I’m mainly after ear- and eye-catching words, not mind-catching concepts, though the two often go hand in hand. They don’t have to be single words, either. Words travel in packs, so it’s only natural we should record them as compounds or phrases, too. They should have some provable popularity and show at least a little potential for longevity.
The Huffington Post recently featured a video of Kenneth Goldsmith finding poetry in a random newspaper article. Check it out here! But Goldsmith isn’t the only one to find poetry in the newspaper. Here’s FPR’s 2014 National Poetry Month project Oulipost.
With the poem, ‘French Writer Wins Nobel,’ Kenneth Goldsmith demonstrates how poetry is all around us by taking a random newspaper, locating an article and turning it into a poem simply by letting his eyes wander in order to locate something interesting.
A little over a year ago I posted about Robert Lee Brewers’ contest to remix the poems in his book Solving the World’s Problems. Recently, Brewer announced the winner of the contest. Find out the results here!
Choosing the winner was not an easy process for several reasons. First of all, it’s disorienting to read remixes of your own words. It’s exciting, but it’s also kind of…well…weird. Beyond that, it’s like having grandchildren in a way–seeing all these offspring of my offspring (err, original poems). Picking favorites among my own poems is difficult, doing so with grandchildren is just as difficult. Plus, y’all came at this challenge with a lot of creativity!
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