Writing found poetry is a lot of fun. “Found poems take existing texts [from any written source and any mode or genre, even poetry] refashion them, reorder them, and present them as poems. [A found poem is] the literary equivalent of a collage .” –www.poets.org
I was introduced to found poetry at the Denver Writing Project 2012 Summer Institute. Here’s my attempt at creating a found poem (written in honor of my favorite author, Ray Bradbury):
A Ray Bradbury Original
From “A Martian Joined Ray Bradbury and Me for Dinner in Paris” by Henry Fountain, New York Times, Tuesday, June 12, 2012.
He was a masterly writer,
a bit dressier than most
and so passionate about the subject.
That, it turned out, was no obstacle.
He wrote at least a thousand words a day,
and the wine kept coming.
A prolific signer of autographs,
funny, effusive, and genuinely friendly,
he carried around some felt-tip markers
just for that purpose.
So it didn’t really surprise me
when he knocked over his wine glass
on the white linen of the small square table
in a bistro on the Left Bank.
“My! That looks like a Martian!” he shouted
and opened his sport coat,
revealing five felt tips of different colors
lined up neatly in the inside pocket.
He added a couple of antennas
to the purple stain seeping across the tablecloth
and an alien face appeared—
A Martian in Paris.
He signed it and added the date for good measure.
It didn’t really surprise me
when a month or so later, I stopped at the bistro
and there was the tablecloth,
prominently framed on a wall
like a canvas from Picasso.
NOW YOU TRY IT! 🙂