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Exercise 3: Write a "found poem" using three texts

 



Found Poetry Exercises

 

Ex 03: Pastische with 3 texts

 

A Transfiguration With The All: Free Verse:
John Daleiden

The Ascent into Higher Realms: Free Verse:
Bernard Gieske

Abducted: Free Verse:
Karina Klesko

Salt and Peppered with Observations: Rengay: Karina Klesko

Quixotisms of "X": Rengay: Karina Klesko

Untitled: Prose Poem:  Shanna Baldwin Moore

The Physics of Rainbows:
Three-person Rengay:
Linda Papanicolaou

Five questions children ask to which I say, "Now that's a good question!"
Neal Whitman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

John Daleiden

 

Free Verse

A Transfiguration With The All

 

The History of the World is like the moaning
of a vast herd of buffaloes upon an American prairie.
It ricochets through the atmosphere orbiting
beyond our solar system, a dizzying,
exuberant and exhausting flight;
a vast bed seamed and scarred
into a thousand conflicting channels,
bursting into phrensied convulsion --
heaving, boiling, hissing -- gyrating
in gigantic and innumerable vortices,
all whirling and plunging into space.
In a single day these hairs have changed
from a jetty black to white. Epochal tableaus:
female enslavement, Cruciifixion,
religious wars, Columbus sailing past,
the French Revolution, the Internet,
and of course, Occupy Wall Street.
…and what are the easy answers to our
kids’ Most Burning Questions? Why is the moon
sometimes out during the day? Why, oh, Why
is the sky blue? Or, Are there aliens?
How much does Earth weigh? … and…
How do airplanes stay up? Afraid to say,
how should I know? We pretend no one knows!
I tremble at the least exertion,
and am frightened at a shadow.
Suddenly, I am one with the bright sun,
transformed into a vaporized ray
hurtling into vast space becoming one with the stars.
Below, an aging lioness nurtures her cubs
and lets loose a formidable roar.

~John Daleiden, Phoenix, AZ in the Sonoran Desert

 

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Color legend to the original source texts:

Poe: Text 1 Karina    
History of the World: Text 2 Neal
Easy Answers: Text 3 John  
Pastisched: non-highlighted: to tie the texts together

 

John Daleiden

 

Free Verse

A Transfiguration With The All

 

The History of the World is like the moaning                          
of a vast herd of buffaloes upon an American prairie
.
 It ricochets through the atmosphere orbiting
beyond our solar system, a dizzying,
exuberant and exhausting flight
;
a vast bed seamed and scarred
into a thousand conflicting channels,

bursting into phrensied convulsion --
heaving, boiling, hissing -- gyrating
in gigantic and innumerable vortices,
all whirling and plunging
into space.
In a single day these hairs  have changed
from a jetty black to white. Epochal tableaus:
female enslavement, Cruciifixion,
religious wars, Columbus sailing past,
the French Revolution, the Internet,
and of course, Occupy Wall Street
.
…and what are the easy answers to our
kids’ Most Burning Questions?  Why is the moon
sometimes out during the day?
  Why, oh, Why
is the sky blue?
Or, Are there aliens?
How much does Earth weigh? … and…
How do airplanes stay up?  Afraid to say,
how should I know? We pretend no one knows!
I tremble at the least exertion,
and am frightened at a shadow
.
Suddenly, I am one with the bright sun,
transformed into a vaporized ray
hurtling into vast space becoming one with the stars.
Below, an aging lioness nurtures her cubs
and lets loose a formidable roar.

~John Daleiden, Phoenix, AZ in the Sonoran Desert