Friday, October 23, 2009

Poetry Friday--Found Poems

Found poems are made up of words that a poet "found" somewhere--in print or in conversation--that the poet arranges on a page giving the words a whole new meaning.

Click on the link below for a delightful found poem from Naomi Shahib Nye:

One Boy Told Me : Poetry Everywhere : Video : The Poetry Foundation

An article by Hart Seely in Slate from 2003 gives many examples of found poems taken from official transcripts on the Defense Department's website during Donald Rumsfeld's term as Secretary of Defense.

Keep your eyes and ears open to the possibilities for creating a found poem of your own. Poems are waiting for you to find them.

Head over to Big A little a for the Poetry Friday Round-Up.


Jacqueline Jules said...

The One Boy Told Me video is fabulous!

Andromeda Jazmon said...

I adore that poem "One boy told me". The line about his toes being dictionaries is my favorite. She is fabulous!!

I'm Jet . . . said...

"No one has ever seen inside this peanut before."

Awesome, D. Thanks!


Andy said...

I loved One Boy Told Me! Makes me appreciate the poets I work with at Hogarth. Thanks, Diane.