Found PoetryWith Katherine McCord. Starting 07/03/2019
We will explore Found Poetry. No matter what genre you normally pursue, Found Poetry can give you new insights into your preferred genre, or it can become a focus in your life. In Found Poetry you take pieces of prose and poetry from other works and make them new.
While we study Found Poetry, we’ll study elements of craft, one each week, that’ll link directly and indirectly to the “kind” of Found Poetry we are studying/creating that same week. The elements of craft we’ll delve into are Concreteness, Tone, Lineation, and Dramatic Shape. The categories of Found Poetry we’ll explore are Erasure, Blackout, Cut-up, Cento, and Free Form. I will provide links to examples of each. Also, throughout the weeks, we’ll discuss, comment, offer encouragement (or ask for encouragement), etc., about the process of creating Found Poems and the craft elements we are studying. When your found poem is due, we’ll all respond. According to your piece, you may, wonderfully, have to send us a picture if it has a visual element. Since we are writers first, this will be an exploration. I’ll be creating right along with you. You will spend your time creating Found Poems, responding to your classmates’ Found Poems, reading my lectures, discussing all elements of the class, and following the links to Found Poem examples. Materials can be anything—antique books (that are usually just a few dollars) to magazines to street signs to contemporary books, etc.