INFORM POETS – FOUND POETRY

FOUND poetry is all about taking words that were not meant to be a poem in their original form, and turning them in to a poem. These words/phrases/sentences   come from newspaper articles, snippets of overheard conversations, recipes, interactions, letters… basically any written materials can offer “inspiration”.

The wording is not changed but your use of line breaks and cuts or by adding or deleting text, thus imparting new meaning. The resulting poem can be defined as either treated: changed in a profound and systematic manner; or untreated: virtually unchanged from the order, syntax and meaning of the original.

Pay attention to the world around you. Inspiration can be found wherever you look for it.

WALT’S NEW FOUND POEM:

THE HEART FOR BUSINESS

Read all about it.
The sweetest memories,
mystic & marvelous surprises
beyond measure
feed your imagination.
Dextrose; maltedextrin
treats await you inside.
Part of a healthy diet,
celebrate, discover; delight.
Entrance, intrigue and delight,
balance is key (Good to know!)
Just stand there
with your mouth open,
tremendous things are in store.
Greetings to you! Visit us anytime!

(Also processing egg and wheat that are shared!)

(C) Copyright Walter J Wojtanik – 2014

***Poetry found on a SweeTTarts Hearts bag!

SARA’S DISCOVERY:

Sara has shared two examples of Found poems:

Found Poetry 1 – InForm

ANONYMOUS ADVICE

Expect
that on any given day
you may be rattled.
Allow fudge served
with marshmallow fluff
to calm you.

Detach
from flowing clouds
hiding loud fire alarms
that you think are chasing
you. Take a deep breath
from an open window.

Admit
that you are hurt,
disturbed, and overcome
with grumpiness. Erase
emotions that nag at you;
talk to a friend.

Face
your unfortunate lack
of tact and resiliency.
Stop shouting obscenities
at every opportunity.
Turn on soothing music.

Fake
a happy mood instead
of brooding over boredom.
Walk like a child, and people
will perceive you as a wrapped-
in-happiness person.

(C) Copyright Sara McNulty -2014

***Taken from Real Simple
(from a monthly column)

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Found Poetry 2 – InForm

THE MARSHALL

He takes pride
in his aptitude
with a firearm,
giving a thug 24 hours
to leave town.
Thug refuses to oblige,
draws his gun, but is fearful,
frazzled underneath false
bravado. He ends up dead,
par for the course.
Marshall is the consummate
cool hero, cowboy hat dipped
low on forehead, a personal
sense of justice.

(C) Copyright Sara McNulty – 2014

***Taken from, The Atlantic
Article on Elmore Leonard