Found Poetry Prompt: “A Dispute Between the Mind and the Body”

illustration by John Holcroft

This post is part of a series of weekend found poetry prompts. If you have an idea for a prompt, email Senior Poetry Editor Beth Ayer at beth.ayer@foundpoetryreview.com . Illustration by John Holcroft


This week’s source text: “A Dispute Between the Mind and the Body” from Adventures in the Moon, and Other Worlds (Project Gutenberg) by John Russell Russell, 1836.

A 2011 study  suggests that mind-body dissonance “leads to expanded creativity and open-mindedness.” Let’s re-interpret those results for our own purposes. Your task: create a found poem (any type you choose) from this week’s chosen source text, an argument between Mind and Body personified. Write your poem standing up or sitting down, running on a treadmill or riding a bike (on second thought, please don’t injure yourself).

From “A Dispute Between the Mind and the Body”:

“You are very indulgent in excusing yourself, and very liberal in assigning to me all the wrong that is done; but it would not be difficult to prove that you concur with me in every transgression, and are very often the first instigator.” -BODY

“…in my own nature I am pure and heavenly, but lose my best faculties by being entangled amongst your nerves, in which are seated all the passions that trouble mankind…I shall not condescend to reason with you any longer.”  -MIND

[The author notes that the “Dispute” was “translated from a Greek Manuscript lately discovered.”]

As always, we love to see what you come up with. Feel free to share your poems in the comments or submit to an upcoming issue.

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