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.
Last week whilst copy editing, I suggested that an author change a strangely worded phrase. My suggestion was met with a less-than-polite response telling me that the phrase was an obscure quote from Shakespeare’s Hamlet. As I searched for something witty with which to volley back, I came across this resource: The Shakespearean Insulter will generate a random insult from one of Shakespeare’s texts. Next time you run into a “lumpish unchin-snouted boar-pig” consider delivering an insult, Shakespeare style.
If you followed or participated in the Oulipost project, you know that a sestina is a challenging form. Furthermore, an Oulipo sestina is even more challenging. The June 2014 issue of Poetry features a sestina from the only American member of the Oulipo, Harry Matthews. Check it out here.
The New York Times recently announced the winners of its fifth annual found poetry contest on its blog The Learning Network. The newspaper released a full list of winners, and is also sharing individual highlights between now and June 17th. All poems include the author’s first name and a link to the source article from the NYT. Some poems are displayed with images that correspond to the article or subject matter of the poem.
Imagine being asked to analyze a poem with no words. That’s what happened to a group of students taking a final exam at Cambridge University. According to BBC News, “The work they were confronted with was Tipp-Ex Sonate by the South African writer and musician Andre Letoit, who goes by the name Koos Kombuis. This piece includes only brackets, quotation marks, an exclamation mark and a question mark.” You can read about interesting, potentially correct responses here.