Poetry Prompt: Ten Years of Listening


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.

We do this to remind one another of our shared humanity, strengthen and build the connections between people, teach the value of listening, and weave into the fabric of our culture the understanding that every life matters. At the same time, we will create an invaluable archive of American voices and wisdom for future generations. (- StoryCorps)

StoryCorps celebrated it’s tenth anniversary this past December, a milestone that marked the collection and archiving of  “more than 45,000 interviews with nearly 90,000 participants” since 2003. Each recorded story is archived at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, and can be found on the StoryCorps website and podcast. You may already be an avid podcast follower, or maybe you have heard the recorded interviews weekly on NPR’s Morning Edition. Or maybe, somehow, you haven’t heard StoryCorps yet…in which case, get started.

This week’s poetry prompt: delve into the StoryCorps archive and create a found poem by remixing two or more stories together. Your resulting poem should be something entirely new, distinct in subject matter from that of your source material. Please share your poems in the comments along with the credit for your source material.

For more on the past ten years of StoryCorps, check out this piece from Democracy Now!.

Image above: StoryCorps website