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.
This Thursday, Radio Open Source will be revisiting “the birthplace of the American mind,” Concord, Massachusetts, and discussing the transcendentalists: “Emerson, Thoreau, Hawthorne, Margaret Fuller, the Alcotts, and their friends and neighbors.” The transcendentalists’ core belief was “the inherent goodness of both people and nature” (thanks, Wikipedia).
This piqued my interest, so our poetry prompt this week asks you to respond to the following questions (posed by Radio Open Source) by creating found poetry from a transcendental author:
- “What is the legacy of Emerson’s American renaissance?”
- “Where is the center of the rebellious mind today and what is it saying?”
Interpret the questions and prompt however they strike you.
- Write a brief found poem (erasure, remix, or otherwise) sourced from a text written by a transcendental author.
- Head over to the Radio Open Source website and record a voicemail (can be done through the website) before Thursday, March 27th including your name, poem, and source text (we hope you’ll also mention the Found Poetry Review by way of explanation). *It is likely important that you write a brief poem if you plan to record a voicemail.*
- And/or: Post your poem here in the comments as usual.
This is the last weekly prompt until May, as we’ll be posting one prompt per day during April for Oulipost. Stay tuned!
Image: Emerson’s study (Wikimedia Commons)