Friday, April 8, 2016

Poetry Month Extra Credit: Found Poetry

In addition to the ways you can earn extra credit for your poetry performance, another way you can earn extra credit is to create some found poetry. What is found poetry you ask?

Here is the explanation from

"Found poems take existing texts and refashion them, reorder them, and present them as poems. The literary equivalent of a collage, found poetry is often made from newspaper articles, street signs, graffiti, speeches, letters, or even other poems."

Different types of Found Poetry:

Headline Poem - cut out words and phrases from magazines or newspapers to create a poem

Erasure/Blackout Poem - Take a newspaper or page of an old book and black out all the words you don't want to use and leave the words you want to use to create a poem. These poems can be as simple as blacking out the page with a sharpie or you can get elaborate and create works of art with your blackout poems.

Book Spine Poem - stack book spines to create poetry using the titles of books.

Due date: April 29th

If you create a headline poem or blackout poem, turn the physical poem into me. If you create a book spine poem, take a picture of it and email it to me. The number of points you get depends on the effort you put into the assignment. Blackout and headline poems will be worth more than book spine poems and if you create a work of art with your blackout poem, that will be worth more than if you just used a black sharpie.