Found Poetry

As Timothy Green puts it, “Poetry is everywhere… It happens by accident all the time.”

The idea behind his Found Poetry Project is to see what happens when you look for those accidents. Maybe a note on your power bill sounds like a haiku, or a message your drunk friend left sounds like free association. See what happens when you write them out like poems!

I found something and emailed it in. It’s called Public Retraction, and the original source should still come up if you google it.

I’ll leave you with a couple of links:

I enjoyed doing this. It didn’t take effort or inspiration or angst. It made me notice how odd and beautiful and seductive the ordinary language around me is, things I might never have thought about twice. The project is up and running, and absolutely anyone is allowed to try. I’d love to hear about the poems you find. If you like, then leave them as comments or leave links to them.

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Discussion (6)¬

  1. Web Laureate says:

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  2. Clint says:

    I haven’t been able to get this out of my head for some reason. It’s a comment from the creator of a webcomic called “Awkward Zombie”:

    ‘Trolls are hard to draw; clouds are fun to draw. Drawing!’

  3. Clint says:

    I clicked on Somerled’s twitter page (for reasons inescapable to me right now) and found this one:

    “This rental car came with dried dyed roses!”

    You could probably do one of your drawings to this one. At least, I think it’s thought-provoking. Why not?

  4. Clint says:

    Part of an e-mail from a friend. I added the line breaks:

    “I have the oats,
    and she has the honey –
    breakfast is going to kick butt.”