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Exercise 2: Found Poem using any two sources selected by the author


Found Poetry Exercise 2




   Neal Whitman    /NW

   Shanna Baldwin Moore    /SBM

   Linda Papanicolau    /LP

   Karina Klesko    /KK

Dragons at the Door: Haibun 
Daylily - Following the Sun 
Daylily - Following the Sun - White   
Daylily - Following the Sun - Black 
Sijo / Korean Song: Proverbs

   Bernard Gieske    /BG

Tribute To Jean Ritchie: Free Verse

   John Daleiden    /JD

The Interloper Journeys From Page to Page
A Night At The Opera: Incremental Line Increase

  Judith Gorgone    /JG

as big as life: Free Verse

   Craig Tigerman

Objects in Mirror are Closer than they Appear





































































































































Exercise 2: "Found Poem" Free Verse Cento


John Daleiden

The Interloper Journeys From Page to Page


Between the lines each poet writes
there is
room for my bold new thoughts.
Beneath the bright ballooning moon
she walks quietly through seasons
where even a bare twig trembling
in the bright mid-afternoon sun
bows to the bronze garden Buddha.

Within the walls of my own house
a slumber of tranquility
claims our lives each night as we wait
and watch the ten o'clock world news.
We see bent old men, children and women
in Africa or foreign lands
telling the same stories we tell.
These are the
pictures of our souls
like wind blown thistles in a bush
we marvel at the gray white light
reflected through thinly painted
trees where a dragon lady struts
through bristling silence bearing
a bleeding heart saved in Mama's
rosebud teacup. No! I do not
have to invent my talesno one
bangs the drum slowly or scribbles
in a notebook while a painter
hangs his landscape in my blank mind.
I have a hole in my hurt heart…
blown there by gossip one black night.
The future is always empty
more clouds today than yesterday
obscure my unique odyssey
of discoverythe night comes
with a million stars, a black sky…
hair so white, my journey long,
thread my way through the vast space
and the
stranger I come to know,
wears my clothes and uses my name.

Were I to see no more beauty
in my life, I have seen enough
to be content with what poets
between the lines in their books
beneath the bright ballooning moon.


Construction of this cento Found Poem: The Interloper Journeys From Page to Page

This cento poem is constructed of random lines selected from thirty-one poems of poets appearing in the main index of Sketchbook Poets in the November / December 31, 2012 Issue. I opened each page, read the page, selected a line that I liked because of its poetic tenor and then listed it randomly. Once the lines were selected I began to arrange the words into a poem; the original text is in black and my words and alterations are in blue. About half way through the process the title emerged in my mind. Below are the exact lines excerpted from the texts, the genre and the title of the verse as well as the author. I have also included the link to the web page of the original verse. I spent approximately seven hours completing this poem.

Resources (31):

"threading his way through them" from Free Verse Found Poem: Adding Insult to Injury by Neal Whitman, US

"the night will come with a million stars" from Ghazal: Before His Eyes by Sunil Uniyal, IN

"The future / is always empty" from Tanka Prose: The Carmody-Blight Dialogues, 1-3 by Charles D. Tarlton, US

"a stranger I came to know," from "Silver Anniversary" by Brian Strand, UK

"An odyssey of discovery" from Yugen by Vania Stefanova, BG

"like a wind blown thistle in a bush" from "Area Code" by Zvi A. Sesling, IL

"You take pictures of my soul" from "Moon of Sadness" by Iolanda Scripca, US

"a dragon lady struts" from Kyoka by Shanna Baldwin Moore, US

"and marveled
at the gray white light reflected
through thinly painted
trees… " from "on the bus ride from Marco Polo Airport to Mestre" by Norman J. Olson, US

"Bristling silence" from Yugen by Georgi Milev, BG

"his hair so white" from Haiga "old man with crutches" by Christina-Monica Moldoveanu, RO

"I have a hole in my heart…blown there by gossip" from "Malady" by Tracy McPherson

"More clouds today than yesterday" from "Found Poem: The Modern Day Romeo and Juliet: Ebarrassed To Talk About Love" by Karina Klesko, US

"not a scribble in the notebook" from Haiku by John Kinory, UK (England)

"bearing your bleeding heart" from "Concrete Poem: On Your Birthday" by Munia Khan

"in Mama's rosebud teacup, " from Rhonwen Cordelia Weatherstone by Elizabeth Howard, US

"I have to invent my tales," from "The Absence of Mind" by Jan Oskar Hansen, PT

"in a slumber of tranquility" from "Winter Night" by Bernard Gieske, US

"Within the wall of your own house" from "Rough Winter" by Joseph Farley, US

"we wait and watch the news," from "in between" by Joseph Farley, US

"bent old man" from Haiku by Tatjana Debeljacki, CR

"telling / the same stories" from "Cinquain: Christmas Song" by John Daleiden

"I bow to the Buddha / teaching the Wisdom" from "Five Bows" by Matthew Caretti, US

"In the mid-afternoon sun" from Haiga--"close to my house" by Richard Biscayart

"Between the lines, room for thoughts" from "Sketchbook ~ Acrostic" by Karen O'Leary, US

"She walks quietly through the seasons" from a review of an'ya's book, Seasons of a hermitess, 101 haiku by an'ya

"beneath ballooning moon" from "Black Lace Netting" by Karin Anderson, AU

"she signals him with a glance /ly" and / or "the painter hangs his landscape /t"    From Renku ~ Yotsumono* "A perfect day" by Tomislav Maretiæ, CR and Lynette Arden, AU. Tomislav Maretiæ, CR and Lynette Arden, AU

"No one bangs the drum slowly" from "The Swirling Dust: A poem for Kell Robertson" by AD Armstrong, US

"Were we to see no more beauty in our lives," from "The Path to a Village" by Helen Bar-Lev, IL

"even a bare twig trembles" from "Even a Bare Twig Trembles" by
Danica Bartulovic, CR


About Cento Poetry:

The on-line American Heritage Dictionary defines "cento"—cen·to (sĕn'tō) n., pl., -tos as "a literary work pieced together from the works of several authors [Latin centō, patchwork.]

Read more:

Bob Holman & Margery Snyder, more completely define "cento poetry" with specific examples in their Guides--"Cento".

"The word “cento” means “patchwork” in Latin, and refers to a poem pieced together from lines taken from other poems — in other words, a collage poem. From the very beginning, poets have quoted other poets, stolen phrases and lines and reworked them into their own poems. A cento makes this process formally explicit, line by line
It is perhaps worth remembering T.S. Eliot’s famous statement about literary “theft” in this context:

“Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal; bad poets deface what they take, and good poets make it into something better, or at least something different.”

"Some poets make small changes in the lines they appropriate for a cento; others adopt the lines without amendment. Usually a cento will use no more than one line from each source poem; the sources may be poems of a single poet, or many poets, or even many different languages. In any case, the art of creating a cento is in the combination of a sequence of lines rather than in the construction of the lines themselves".

Cento Examples (from Holman):

SemiCento” by Bob Holman: A single cento (actually half-cento) is in the Holman library at About Poetry; Holman includes 50 poets in this work.

Holman's cento links directly to seven examples of cento poems online: R. S. Gwynn, Forklift Inc, John Ashbery, Connie Hersey, Bob Holman, 2008’s Split This Rock Poetry Festival in Washington, D.C. , and David Lehman


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John Daleiden: Free Verse Cento: The Interloper Journeys From Page to Page: Exercise 2


The Task: Write a found Poem using any two or more sources selected by the author.

Be sure to identify your sources; for each source include title, author, publisher, and / or an on-line link if one is available.

Title your poem. 

Be sure to save a copy of your poem to your own computer; then post to the foundpoetrystudio.

Definition Material:


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.

and from Wikipedia:

Found poetry is a type of poetry created by taking words, phrases, and sometimes whole passages from other sources and re-framing them as poetry by making changes in spacing and/or lines (and consequently meaning), or by altering the text by additions and/or deletions. The resulting poem can be defined as either treated: changed in a profound and systematic manner; or untreated (verbatim): virtually unchanged from the order, syntax and meaning of the original.

Posting / Submission:

Post to the foundpoetrystudio at this link:

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  • select rich-text format
  • paste in your document or type in your document
  • format your document
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  • send your document
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List of Resources:

The Found Poetry Review: an on-line journal

This quarterly on-line journal provides good definitions of "found poetry", examples, and a fair use standard.

They publish found poetry, centos, erasure poems and other forms that incorporate elements of existing texts.

Read Examples of Found Poems:

The Found Poetry Review:

Sketchbook: A Journal for Eastern and Western Short Forms:  Found Poem Contest