Create a found* poem in three easy steps!
Welcome to the found poem challenge at Pen In Her Hand for Bout of Books. I’m thrilled to be hosting this challenge! There is no prize other than the joy of creating, so let’s begin and have fun!
Just choose a novel from any genre, print or ebook, that you’re reading or have finished. I used Notes from Ghost Town by Kate Ellison. Pick a number between 1 and 10, and you’re ready to start!
1. Flip to a page at random. Using your trusty number (for example, let’s use 7) count down 7 lines. Then count in 7 words. Write that word down. Repeat this process until your have fourteen words. Here are my words: have, general, darkness, week, sit, all, do, because, my, the, secret, what? says.
2. Delete two words and add in two words of your own. I deleted the words general and my. I added the words pause and then.
3. Now arrange your words any way you like to finish your found poem. Here’s my poem:
All week sit, do, put, have—
Then pause because…
The secret darkness
Note: If a counted word doesn’t work (profanity or proper name), just go on to the next word.
Easy, right? Now it’s your turn to post your poem or a link to your poem in the comments for us to enjoy! And please tell us what book you used to create your poem.
*What is a found poem? A found poem consists of words taken from other written sources such as manuscripts, newspaper headlines, street signs, that are then crafted into a poetic form.