REMINDER: Don’t forget to post/comment/enjoy more of J. Patrick Lewis’s challenge to write poems inspired by favorite old sayings. Just scroll back one day before this and jump right in.
Shannon Abercrombie responded to my invitation to issue writing challenges via my blog. Thank you, Shannon! I’m printing part of your letter that explains the gist of your challenge. Good luck with it.
I read your post today about presenting a challenge on your blog. I’m running a challenge on my blog called 100 Days of Summer. It’s writing prompt/exercise challenge to keep committed to writing during the summer. Its been going really well so far. In the first 3 days over 100 people signed up. I’ve had a consistent climb in subscribers each day although most aren’t completing the prompt on a daily basis (Not that I blame them-writing when its gorgeous out is hard!).
Click here to learn more. http://www.shannonabercrombie.com
Here’s a new one for you. Have you ever tried your hand at composing Found Poems? This is another great exercise because it sharpens our sense for things poetic and offers the thrill of the hunt.
The definition of a Found Poem is as follows:
A poet takes an existing text and refashions and reorders the words and presents them as poems. A Found Poem consists exclusively of outside texts; the words of the poem remain as they were found. Decisions of form, such as where to break a line, are left to the poet.
Here are a few rules for a Found Poem:
The original author (or source) must not have intended the text to be poetry
Finders may cut words and add line breaks but may not add words
Finders may add their own title
The original source of the text must be cited and can be included as part of the poem
Here is a list of possible places where you might “find” a poem:
Newspapers and Magazines
Signs or Bulletin Boards in School Hallways
A Note Found on the Floor
A Sign in a Classroom or Cafeteria
An English Test
Food Containers (cereal boxes, etc.)
A Social Studies Textbook or Other Books
Emails and Texts
Slips of Discarded Paper
Overheard Speech or Conversation
If you have a Found Poem, please post it in the comments section below this post. I hope to see many of you share your creative discoveries. There is no limit so fire away.
To make this challenge more inviting, you should know that Georgia Heard, who is scheduled to be one of my featured guests, is currently gathering Found Poems for a new book for ages 8-11 that she’s compiling for Roaring Brook Press. Georgia is looking forward to seeing the poems posted on my blog. This is an opportunity for you to compete for a spot in her book.
To help guide you, here’s an example of one of my own Found Poems.
New York, New York
New York City,
magnet for people
from around the world,
constantly pushing forward,
stretching boundaries –
New York, uniquely
Found poem source:
American Airlines magazine,
American Way, June 1, 2010
Article by Gerald J. Arpey
Chairman & CEO
Borrowed words are in red.
Whenever I visit New York City, I marvel at how much can change there in a short period of time. The city is a magnet for people, capital, talent and energy from around the world, in part because it is constantly pushing forward, stretching the boundaries of what a city can be. And yet, New York is always uniquely New York.