Poetry Prompt: The Metamorphosis


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.

Some might call this week’s poetry prompt…Kafka-esque.  Our source text (below) comes from The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka. Erase or otherwise remix  the page below, and please share your resulting poem in the comments. Just click the source text to open a larger image, or head over to Project Gutenberg to consult the text yourself in html, Kindle, pfd, and other formats.
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Top image adapted from longestqskeleton on flickr (creative commons license).


  • January 3, 2014

    Mary Bast

    I don’t think I can post a photo here, so will see if the link works: http://windingsheets.blogspot.com/2014/01/feel-pleasure.html

  • January 4, 2014


    id like to post the photo but dunno how

    his body
    his pleasure
    his sorrows

    an end

    the urge
    in pity

    the way
    he was behind
    the breakfast table

    with that gush
    of a forgotten

    his jaws
    at his father

    no time to spare
    or reach the stair

    a run for

    a flight of the

    a run after
    or at least

    his hat.

  • […] of pages 35 and 36 of The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka. The Found Poetry Review posted this as last week’s prompt and asked us to erase, cut, or otherwise remix it. I couldn’t help but give it a […]

  • January 10, 2014

    Nicole Nicholson

    I had to give this a try! Mine is also in photo format too, link included here: http://ravenswingpoetry.com/2014/01/10/dining-room-time-warp/