By News & Resources Editor Martin Elwell. Send me your found poetry news.
It’s not uncommon for a poet to reference, pay homage to, mention or imitate her influences in a poem. The next step is to use their words, to scramble them together, to remix them, to “translate” them into a new poem from a new time, a new place and a new author. That is what Jennifer Michael Hecht has done in her collection, Who Said.
In her book, Hecht is in conversation with a wide variety of poems, from Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken,” to the beginning of Dante’s “Inferno” and John Keats’ “Ode to Autumn.” In one poem, Hecht creates a mash-up of the Declaration of Independence and Shakespeare’s Sonnet 29 (“When, in disgrace with fortune and men’s eyes…”). In another, she responds to a Nirvana song.
You can read one of Hecht’s poems, as well as more details about her book, at PBS Newshour.