Monday, June 30, 2008

Found Poetry

Yesterday at the used bookstore, I found Annie Dillard's Mornings Like This, which is a whole book of found poems. I've only written one found poem (in high school), but I really enjoy reading them--they're almost always fun, and the poets often use rich source materials like hilarious/horrifying vintage women's magazines or science books from the 50's.

After seeing this book, I think an anthology or a literary magazine of found poems would be a fun idea. It seems like everyone has at least one found poem.


At 7:49 PM, Blogger Maggie May said...

i recently found annie dillard and look forward to reading her work

what do you think?

At 5:30 AM, Blogger Laura said...

Hi Valerie,
I just read your poem in Stirring and loved it. And what a perfect home for it.

At 9:46 AM, Blogger Radish King said...

I loved this book but I think Dillard was cheating when she "found" Van Gogh's I was trying to get at something utterly heartbroken. I've always thought that Vincent's letters were poetry to begin with. I don't think finding poetry that is already poetry should be called found poetry. But that's just me.

At 12:06 PM, Blogger Christine said...

I love this book! It inspired me to use old high school science books for cut-ups and found poems.

However, not everyone understands the idea of "found poetry" and when I tried to publish these poems an editor accused me of plagiarism.

At 8:29 PM, Blogger Valerie Loveland said...

Maggie, I only read a poem or two in the book, but I like it so far!

Laura, Thank you! I love Stirring.

Rebecca, I agree--changing poetry into poetry is cheating. I haven't read Van Gogh's letters, but they sound gorgeous.

Haha, Christine. My boyfriend suggested that you send the editors a link to the "Found Poetry" entry on Wikipedia.

At 4:49 AM, Blogger Lynn said...

I love Annie Dillard, and am glad you found this book. I agree that a zine or site of found poems would be an interesting project.

I use "found" pieces at times but with attribution, of course.

Nice to "meet" you.

At 4:46 PM, Blogger Miserable Grad Student said...

That does sound like a great idea. I would totally subscribe to a journal of found poems.

At 2:33 PM, Blogger M. C. Allan said...

I'm sure you guys know about this guy, but he's making a whole niche out of "found" poems -- if you open up the definition of "poem" a little bit.


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