Poetry Prompt: Remixing the Puzzle

30 Aug 13 New York Times Crossword Solution

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.

11/8/2013 UPDATE: November 8, 2013 is the 100th anniversary of the crossword puzzle. Love puzzles? Try creating found poetry from the clues in this cryptic crossword from The Guardian.

This weekend, write a poem using words found in the completed New York Times crossword puzzle above (Friday, August 30, 2013 puzzle).

  • Option one: Create a found poem using only the words in the solved puzzle.
  • Option two: In addition to the words in the puzzle, use words from the solution descriptions found below the puzzle here.
  • Option three: For an added challenge, choose any weekend puzzle, complete it, and then create a found poem using the solution words.

As always, please share your poems in the comments!



  • August 31, 2013

    Winston Plowes

    I have applied this technique to the clues from UK newspaper, The Guardian and its Quick Crossword website which produced some interesting results. I then applied the same treatment to the solution words, which gave a different poem. The second poem is bound to be less cohesive than the first as the available vocabulary is obviously more restrictive, it’s interesting however to see the resonance and echo between the two poems which although very different in style are related in this strange way.

    Three of these ‘pairs of poems’ were published in the blogzine ‘Badrobot’, click here to read –


  • September 3, 2013

    james w. moore

    “Peer Atheisms”

    Michele Bachmann
    took the strategic route
    to the rip seen
    stairs scrammed
    not to be late
    NCIS on CBS
    (won’t miss it
    this time)
    the cretins aflutter
    for sure
    overran all
    from a to zed
    easts to wests
    and the senoritas
    in serapes
    make huevos rancheros
    she would kill for
    she can kill for
    she will kill for
    as if the oral sensation
    xed out the oops
    the RIP
    kiss them for me
    (i may be delayed)

    Michele halted

    if Bebe can do it,
    so can all the other hoes


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