Found Poetry

FOUND POEMS take existing texts and refashion them, reorder them, and present them as poems. The literary equivalent of a collage, found poetry is often made from newspaper articles, street signs, graffiti, speeches, letters, or even other poems.

A pure found poem consists exclusively of outside texts: the words of the poem remain as they were found, with few additions or omissions. Decisions of form, such as where to break a line, are left to the poet. ~Academy of American Poets

My first found poems were published in freeFLOW ISSUE 5 Play On Words. Since then, I’ve created a few other found poem zines including freeFLOW ISSUE 21 Shredding Life, Roles Renaissance, Buffet Philosophy, and Better Weather.

The process can take hours hunched over my desk cutting tiny pieces of paper and rearranging words in a pleasing order until it feels done. The result always surprises and delights me.