Found poetry is the literary version of a collage. The poems are made up of words taken from a printed document like a newspaper article, a speech, or in this case, the introduction of the coffee table book Seeing Flowers by Robert Llewellyn and Teri Dunn Chace. The poet selects words from the document and rearranges them to create a unique poem.
Plucking words from page 11 of Seeing Flowers, I wrote this found poem. I am always surprised with the poetry that comes from found poems. In this case, it took a bit of a turn in the end which I wasn’t expecting.
Here’s the pool of words. The highlighted words are the words I used in my poem:
And here is the finished found poem.
Aren’t found poems fun? I would never have written this particular poem with these specific words if not for Found Poetry. It’s nice to step away from the way I usually write and try something different every once in a while.
find more found poems here
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give it a try:
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