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Exercise 1: Verbatim "Found Poem"


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Ex 01: Verbatim Found Poem




   Neal Whitman    /NW

A Bottle of 2005 Pesquera...
Revel in Unusual Spike: Fibonacci

   Shanna Baldwin Moore    /SBM

   Linda Papanicolau    /LP

Tanka: on Douglas Adams Text
Haiku and Senryu from a Spam List

Four Haiga Found Poems from the L. L. Bean 2012 Spring Catalogue

   Karina Klesko    /KK

Memoirs of a Southern Woman

   Bernard Gieske    /BG

   John Daleiden    /JD

Senyru from a Spam List

   Judith Gorgone    /JG

Untitled: in a letter from a Korean friend

   Craig Tigerman     /CT

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Exercise 1: Verbatim "Found Poem" Senyru from a Spam List


John Daleiden

Senryu from a Spam List


Black Lizard*
in the apple orchard
ladies scream

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breaking news
lists your name on TV--
FBI reward

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on my iPhone
Amazon ladies photosó
Grassroots Promotions

Author Note:  All the words or portions of words in these senryu can be found on the Spam List below.

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Linda Papanicolaou posted a Spam list in the foundpoetrystudio and created haiku / senyru from words found on the listóthese words are highlighted in yellow. Linda did not use every word on the listórather the list was a resource of possible words that might be used in a "found poem".  This method of creation is very much like the process of creating a collage. The list is posted below. 

John Daleiden used the same Spam list to create the three senryu posted above. John used only words or parts of words on the list to create the senryu.

The Spam List:

Author note on Black Lizard*

The significance of Black Lizard* needs explanation.

Black Lizard was a publisher imprint during the 1980s. A division of the Creative Arts Book Company of Berkeley, California, Black Lizard specialized in presenting rediscovered forgotten classic crime fiction writers and novels from the decades between the 1930s and the 1960s. Creative Arts Book Company was founded by Don Ellis in 1966. Creative Arts filed for bankruptcy protection in 2003 ["Black Lizard": Wikipedia].

A film: Black Lizard (ćēŚ'Ś° Kurotokage) is a 1968 Japanese detective film directed by Kinji Fukasaku. The film is based on a 1934 novel by Edogawa Rampo and its theatrical adaptation by Yukio Mishima, who, at the time, was the lover of Akihiro Maruyama, the actor who plays the notorious female criminal "Black Lizard" in drag. The film's protagonist is Kogoro Akechi, a brilliant detective patterned on Sherlock Holmes who appears in several stories by Edogawa Rampo and is a fixture in Japanese popular culture. The film currently has no official DVD release, and copies of the film are extremely difficult to find, but it has gained a cult following and is highly regarded by devotees of "kitsch" and "campy" films ["Black Lizard (film)": Wikipedia].

The novel Black Lizard has been published in English by Kurodahan Press in a dual edition with The Beast in the Shadow (aka Inju)

Spam List poem as a "found poem":


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.

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: virtually unchanged from the order, syntax and meaning of the original.


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Exercise 1: Verbatim "Found Poem"

Senyru from a Spam List: John Daleiden


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:

Available in the foundpoetryforum Links: