You might not be Cher, but you can still explore what you’d do if you could turn back time by participating in this week’s poetry prompt. To start, choose a text with a sequence — something like a diary, a travel narrative or a series of letters. Next, hop over to TextMechanic and input your text into the Reverse Text Generator.
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If memes existed in the mid-20th Century, William Carlos Williams would surely have propagated a few. Alas, WCW passed away before the age of the internet, but he left at least one poem to help future generations go viral.
In recent months, conceptual poetry and the act of appropriation have brought about questions of boundaries, racism, privilege and art. In some cases, as with all forms of art, conceptual works have been celebrated while others have been condemned. Here are some of the discussions.
What do you get when you translate a 17th century Czech philosopher’s annotations from a drawing of clouds into English? Found poetry, of course!
It’s National Poetry Month! If you aren’t participating in or following along with FPR’s largest National Poetry Month project to-date, PoMoSco, you can visit the website here. You won’t be disappointed! In addition to PoMoSco, there are many National Poetry Month activities across the country that incorporate found poetry.
Last week I mentioned Kenneth Goldsmith’s performance of his conceptual poem “The Body of Michael Brown.” Goldsmith’s choice to appropriate the content of Michael Brown’s autopsy document has triggered many strong reactions. Here are some that stood out:
On Friday, Kenneth Goldsmith read a piece he titled “The Body of Michael Brown,” crafted from the content of the Michael Brown autopsy document. The reading brought about strong reactions and questions about the appropriation of the suffering of people of color for publication and personal gain.
If there’s one argument that immediately gets my blood boiling, it’s the old myth that “it was so much better then than it is now.”