Poetry Prompt: Typographic Art and Exponential Remixing

Belief+Doubt at The Hishorn. 2012. © Barbara Kruger I Photo: Cathy Carver

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.

All that seemed beneath you is speaking to you now. All that seemed deaf hears you. All that seemed dumb knows what’s on your mind. All that seemed blind sees through you. All that seemed silent is putting the words right into your mouth.

–  Barbara Kruger’s self-entitled exhibition at the Mary Boone Gallery, 1991

Artists Barbara Kruger and Jenny Holzer both create large scale installations of typographic art. While Kruger often pairs text fragments with found photographs or paints text directly on gallery surfaces, Holzer presents typographic art by projecting text in public places. Kruger and Holzer often interact with existing text, images, and/or mediums: Kruger re-purposes photographs, while Holzer projects found text (as well as original text) onto public structures.

So, what does it mean to create found poetry from already-remixed art, re-working already recycled materials? This week, we ask you to create poems (choose any type of found poetry, or invent your own) from the text found in the work of Barbara Kruger and Jenny Holzer. In the comments, let us know how you approached this prompt similarly or differently from other found poetry. Is art infinitely recyclable?

As always, share what you create.

Photo above: Belief+Doubt at The Hishorn. 2012. © Barbara Kruger I Photo: Cathy Carver

Photo below: from Superflex (alteration of Barbara Kruger’s “I shop therefore I am”). 

*Please credit Holzer and Kruger’s original pieces along with your poems. 

I copy therefore I am










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