Found Poetry Exercises
Verbatim Found Poem
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in a letter from a Korean friend
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Exercise 1: Verbatim "Found Poem"
Untitled: in a
letter from a Korean friend
In a gentle spring rain
Every drop brings us
a moment of laughter
We rush for the shelter
of a pojangmacha*,
and sip from an abundant cup
In the distance the cry
of cranes on their way home
Since then, the cranes
have left and returned many times.
One day on the corner of autumn,
He said to me
"In my foretime,
on this beautiful day,
a seat on the bench opens, one by one,
and one holds you"
It was then, that I realized
that he, too, often sits beside me
the same autumn leaves fall upon us
and as the gentle breeze
turns quickly brisk
the only real change
for either of us
is where our bench rests
macha* is a soup kitchen cafe under tarps yon wheels
often found on the
streets of Korea).
Wed Jan 18, 2012 9:57 pm
foundpoetrystudio Post Nos. 48, 54
from the letter:
beautiful day around corner of autumn. Open one by one
foretime seat on the bench At park. You are the one of
them old buddy".
I did not quote
it exactly-but it appears in my 2nd verse. I don't
have a letter as it is was an email. Do I have to have a
piece of paper?
I was attempting to go back to a moment we shared in
Korea...and develop it from
~ ~ ~
Untitled: in a letter from a Korean friend: Judith
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
whether or not to write numerals ('21') and symbols
('$') as words ('twenty-one', 'dollars')
quotations in italics or "speech marks"
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
Subject line: Verbatim + Author Name
For Example: Verbatim Joe Writer
Verbatim: The Rules:
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