The Found Poetry Collaboration, featuring: Lydia Allison, Kate Garrett, James Gidding, Joanna Lee

Working with 3 other fabulous poets on a collection of Found poems, one per fortnight, over the next 8 weeks. Here’s the first installment– let me know what you think! 🙂

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The Found Poetry Collaboration 2014

For the next 8 weeks poets Lydia Allison, Kate Garrett, James Giddings and Joanna Lee will be writing 1 piece of found poetry per fortnight:

A found poem is created when words in an existing piece of writing are lifted from that writing and rearranged to create a greater emotional response. A found poem is shaped from a collection of words or phrases found in one text or a selection of texts to shape an entirely new poem.  

The poets are free to use any texts they like, and I throw in one found text of my choice per fortnight just to mix it up a bit. For the Week 1 poem I chose a section of text from W.G. Sebald’s The Ring’s Of Saturn (you’ll find the section at the bottom of the post, should you wish to read it). 

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Snowdragon

She is deadly
and beautiful to watch.
shadowboxing, born. best
of children. seemingly
abandoned. it is hard
to understand
how it was back then, (how)
discipline comes from
love. The Sun translates keys
to unlocking these doors
as petals
of the mei hua, the plum
blossom; uses
small steps,
the power
of the elbow. maybe
too much.

blossoms from the gardens at Nanzenji temple, Kyoto

This is a Found Poem from the workshop on Jan 20. Text is from an article in Inside Kung-fu, July 2005.