Poetry Prompt: Reading in 2014


This post is part of a series of weekly found poetry prompts. If you have an idea for a found poetry source, email Senior Poetry Editor Beth Ayer

As the end of 2014 approaches, the best books of 2014 lists start rolling out. With a quick search, you can parse the best and worst, with varying degrees of urgency. (OK, the worst list is not specific to 2014. I did say “quick search”.) NPR’s Book Concierge  takes the “best of” list a step farther, offering a sortable list of around 250 of the year’s best chosen by NPR staff and critics. You can filter by subject area and genre to peruse recommendations and reviews for each title. 

Your prompt: Each book in the list has a corresponding summary/review paragraph. Select three or more titles and write a poem using only the text in the Book Concierge blurb.


The above image is a screenshot from npr.org.


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    This is my first attempt at writing Found Poetry. I have always been interested, but the truth is, it’s a lot harder than it looks and sounds. May be just me. When I first read about the technique, it sounded easy enough to pick through someone’s writing and grab words to piece together a poem. I was mistaken. However, I am happy with this considering it is a first.

  • December 8, 2014

    Beth Ayer

    I agree Donetta, it is a lot more difficult than it sounds. Thank you for sharing what you’ve written!