I wrote yesterday about my newfound literary/art form of found poetry. I've asked myself why I am so enthralled by this approach -- why don't I just sit down and write a poem from scratch? Actually I do occasionally write my own, but I'm hesitant to let them out in public.
I enjoy writing poetry, but am a beginner with a lot to learn. Besides, I have a strong sense of privacy and am reluctant to put my heart on my sleeve, even for limited distribution. But for some reason finding poetry is much easier than writing it. Choosing from pre-existing words somehow mediates the expression and makes me much less reticent -- much as artists often find that monoprints, with their mediated mark-making, are easier to do than painting directly onto the paper.
An artist friend of mine sent me a link to a blog that posed a found poetry challenge. We were too late to participate in the challenge, but decided to do it ourselves. The rules were to look through your bookshelves and choose titles that would become part of a poem. Then stack the books up and take a picture.
Technically you were allowed to add words to fill out the poem, but I decided to make it harder and use just the titles.
Here's my found poem:
Away from home
a lost love.
I want it now!
Set the stars on fire!
over the edge:
moment of truth.
150 ways to play solitaire.
Time enough for love
before I die.
Click here to see what a lot of other people did with the challenge. I like mine better with no added words.