I first dipped my toes into experimental writing when I took a class in my undergrad called “Recycled Images: From Found Footage to Digital Remix.” One of our assignments was to write a whole essay only using words and phrases from other sources. I had never done anything like it before; I loved it! Following that, one of my first publications was a found poem in Whole Beast Rag; it was a text made up of auto-complete Google search results. Another Google poem I wrote found a cozy home in FPR’s vol. 7!
Since then, I keep a document where I paste snippets and their sources that could be useful for found poems. Usually they’re from celebrity gossip articles, breaking news Twitter updates, Wikipedia, and Craigslist. While my main passion is writing creative non-fiction, my eyes are always peeled for juicy words/phrases for found poems.
Travel websites have always intrigued me with their language—visual, lush, and sometimes a bit dramatic and naive.
Browse travel websites and write down any words/phrases that interest you: descriptions and/or customer reviews of resorts, landmarks, attractions, hotels, restaurants, etc.
Craft a poem using only these words/phrases. You may arrange them in any way you wish.
Here are some sources to get you started:
Sennah Yee is from Toronto, where she recently completed her thesis on gendered robot design. She is the author of The Aquarium (Dancing Girl Press, 2014) and The Gl.a.de (Dancing Girl Press, forthcoming). Her work has appeared in Whole Beast Rag, The Found Poetry Review, Hobart, and Poor Claudia. She co-edits The Fuck of the Century, an online film journal. Though named after a racecar driver, she has yet to get behind the wheel. Find her @sennahaha and at www.sennahyee.com.