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IMPROMPTU #19: Michael Leong

When we speak of “translation” we usually refer to the process of turning a text that is written in one language into another language. But if we think about translation more broadly, we can imagine a diverse range of experimental processes that can spark new writing.

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IMPROMPTU #18: Amaranth Borsuk

Sometimes erasure is an end in itself, but sometimes it’s a beginning, a starting point for collecting a Robert Smithson-like “Heap of Language” from which to construct poems. In that spirit, I’m providing a few prompts for collecting words.

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IMPROMPTU #17: Jeff Griffin

It has been helpful to turn to this prompt, utilizing language from other poetry that I love, but altering it in a way to come up with alternative words and syntactical arrangements that I could never dream up on my own.

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IMPROMPTU #13: Sennah Yee

I keep a document where I paste snippets and their sources that could be useful for found poems. Travel websites have always intrigued me with their language—visual, lush, and sometimes a bit dramatic and naive.