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Exercise 1: Verbatim "Found Poem"


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Ex 01: Verbatim Found Poem




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   Bernard Gieske    /BG

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Senyru from a Spam List

   Judith Gorgone    /JG

Untitled: in a letter from a Korean friend

   Craig Tigerman     /CT

A Dozen Favorites: Quatrain


























Exercise 1: Verbatim "Found Poem" Quatrain


Craig Tigerman



A Dozen Favorites


Calmly we walk through this April's day
Last night, ah, yesternight, betwixt her lips and mine
Are you not weary of ardent ways
Come to me in the silence of the night

When you are old and grey and full of sleep
There, on the darkened deathbed, dies the brain
Slowly the poison the whole blood stream fills
Once when Mars was sliding backward slowly

She walks in beauty, like the night
My heart beating, my blood running
When I am dead, and over me bright April
Let us go hence, my songs; she will not hear


Sources and Author Notes:

These are first-lines of some of my favorite classic poems, verbatim. I tried to
arrange them so as to evoke a poem of its own. Peace and Blessings,

Message #153 of 552: Fri Jan 20, 2012 11:53 pm


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Exercise 1: Verbatim "Found Poem"

A Dozen Favorites: Quatrain: Craig TigermAN


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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