February 23, 2019–March 2, 2019
12:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.
By Accident and Design: The Found Poem
Working with found material in any capacity requires creative skills similar to those used in the actual creation of a poem—an alertness to possibility, irony, rhythm, absurdity, magic, limits and line breaks—so that even the most unpoetic of passages might create a poetic effect or emotional response as strong as that made by original work. But what is a found poem?
A found poem uses words and phrases from another source, generally some kind of everyday written material--writing that was not, initially, intended as "poetry" but is declared so by its "finder" (letters, newspapers, essays, guidebooks, text books, and manuals, for example).
During this two-day class, we'll look at found poems made entirely from one text, poems that collage multiple texts/material, poems that blend found material and the writer's own words; we will look at the use of the "grille cipher" method and at poems that use overheard dialogue. From the humourous to the profound, we will read and create our own found poems using a variety of techniques and sources.
Please bring a favourite prose text, essay, or article (no poems!). Teaching artist provides all other material. Suitable for poets of all levels.
$5.00 Copy fee. Bring a lunch!