Finders Keepers: Words Ending In “tion”


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.


CzechNatalie Czech’s exhibit “I Cannot Repeat What I Hear” is a multimedia feast of appropriation and transformation. Her work involves photography, material provided by other artists, appropriated language, poetry and other cultural artifacts. Each series tests the boundaries of its chosen media. Read Kerstin Stakemeier’s review at Art Agenda for more detail about the show. While there is much to take in in Czech’s exhibit, I found her re-creation of poems by Allen Ginsberg, Hart Crane, Gertrude Stein and others using “easily identifiable texts from popular culture” to be the most interesting. By modifying the method of presentation, Czech forces us to reconsider and possibly redefine these familiar poems. I may just have to hop a plane to Berlin to take it all in at Capitain Petzel.


SPCThe School for Poetic Computation in New York works to explore the intersections of code, design, hardware and theory. This small group of artists and faculty holds multiple 10-week, hybrid residencies per year “to be a powerboost for creativity.” “The school’s focus is on writing code like creative writing — focusing on the mechanics of programming as well as demystifying as much as possible the tools, techniques and strategies for making art via code.” You can read student bios and blog posts about recent activities on the school’s website.


ArrowFound poetry is a great way to introduce children to poetry and to encourage them to see language differently. There are resources and lesson plans available for use in the classroom, and now there’s a children’s book to go along with them. The Arrow Finds Its Mark: A Book of Found Poems, edited by Georgia Heard and illustrated by Antoine Guilloppé, features the work of 30 contemporary poets. You can check out a review of the book by Katie Clausen on her website, House at Katie Corner.


MLKWith Martin Luther King, Jr. Day less than a week away, several events honoring and remembering MLK will be held in Louisiana’s East Baton Rouge Parish (and all around the country). On Wednesday, January, 15, the Greenwell Springs Road Regional Library Branch will use found poetry as way to help teenagers engage with MLK’s “I Have A Dream” speech. “Teens can create poetry that focuses on rearranging words to create different meanings using the speech.” If you can’t attend in person, you can make your own “I Have a Dream” found poetry using this online transcript of the speech.

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