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Exercise 1: Verbatim "Found Poem"


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Ex 01: Verbatim Found Poem




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Exercise 1: Tanka: Verbatim "Found Poem"


Linda Papanicolaou


in theory
the Universe
replaced by something

The original quote:

There is a theory which states that if ever anybody discovers exactly what the Universe for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened.

~Douglas Adams, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Linda's comments:

Not a particularly good tanka, but trying to keep it recognizablethis is more akin to the results I would get with my usual method of cutting words from print publications. Not sure what I thinkreally preserving the "found word" quality of someone else's typesetting gives it a certain presence that I think cyber cut'n'paste doesn't have.


Message #28 of 535 : Wed Jan 18, 2012 10:38 am

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Exercise 1: Tanka: Verbatim "Found Poem" from Linda Papanicolaou


Definition Material:

   How to create a Verbatim poem:

Take an excerpt from a written or verbal source and arrange it, word for word, into lines. The source can be anything except an existing poem or lyrics. Give details of the source so we know it's real and can credit the source accurately.


You may add punctuation where the original source is unpunctuated (i.e. spoken or graphical sources).

If the excerpt contains private or personal information it is better to disguise it (i.e. change names).

The word order should be as you found it, but you may exercise poetic license in matters of style. For example:

  • invent your own title
  • choose whether or not to write numerals ('21') and symbols ('$') as words ('twenty-one', 'dollars')
  • write quotations in italics or "speech marks"
  • choose whether or not to capitalize each line beginning (some do, most don't)

Posting / Submission:

Post your poem to the foundpoetryforum: Select Post at the link below:

Subject line:  Verbatim  + Author Name
For Example:  Verbatim Joe Writer


Verbatim: The Rules:

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