December 12, 2008

Friday found poetry

Posted in Humor, Poetry at 2:26 pm by The Lizard Queen

I first learned about found poetry in a creative writing class I took my senior year of high school.  In that class we would create found poems by flipping through a book or magazine, pulling out ten or so phrases, then arranging those phrases in a way we found artful.  I wouldn’t necessarily try to argue that my creations in that vein are actually poems, but it’s nevertheless something I enjoy; it gives me a chance to play with rhythm and sound and texture without having to worry about meaning, or even having to come up with the raw material myself.  Also, I’m pretty good at reading my creations in a way that makes them sound like they mean something.  😉

Anyway, a while ago I got an email notifying me that this comment had been left on my birthday post from last year.  (And I saw there a whole bunch of well-wishes from last year that I totally never got via e-mail, which made me smile — er, the well-wishes, not the fact that I hadn’t seen them — thanks, y’all!)  I think it’s probably spam — after reading over it a few times I realized it’s probably (part of?) an article on Viagra that went through a translating program too many times — but I left it, because something about it screamed “turn me into a found poem!” at me.  The found poem I concocted from it is below, and if anyone feels like dropping their favorite found poems or sources for found poetry in comments, please feel free!

These exploratory results

a rendering of the sickness
showed the numb eschewed
preserve their hubs
the way the narcotize works
to feud frailty
may also lend a hand
hands to feud inefficacy
a higher jeopardy of
quintessence default
hands scrape people with
athletic dystrophy
from an primeval ruin
brawny dystrophy is
a genetic working order
causing wasting of the muscles
peerless to an increasing decline
blood gush

but in the nucleus it
hands to certain the implement itself
with the quintessence in a stiff
prepare, it is more superior
to suffer the bumping
of weakening muscle cells
inform on us craving that
one day it inclination be accomplishable
to regale with this proposals
analyse that desire
march the bumping
it dominion father for people
with athletic dystrophy
it is noiselessness
extraordinarily primeval days

–Liz D., 2008



  1. Evil Bender said,

    Very cool!

    I’ve never been very good at locating found poems, but you’ve found and shaped an excellent one here.

  2. luaphacim said,

    This may be the best best use of Spam since the birth of the Spamburger. 🙂

  3. Cialis said,

    Sweet blog! I found it while surfing around on Yahoo News.
    Do you have any suggestions on how to get listed
    in Yahoo News? I’ve been trying for a while but I never seem to get there!
    Many thanks

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