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Exercise 1: Verbatim "Found Poem"


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Ex 01: Verbatim Found Poem




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Exercise 1: Verbatim "Found Poem" Haiku and Senryu


Linda Papanicolaou

Haiku and Senryu from a Spam List


apple orchard—
old roots grow up
in the bed of grass

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the speed
of the net—
lizard time

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time share—
an iPod promotion
covers the view

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free lobster dinner—
the ladies tip
in coupons and cash

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foundpoetrystudio Post Nos. 180, 181


Author Comments:

Documentation: The instructions for the assignment suggested spam email as a source. I didn't want to open some of these things so I just did a screen shot of the subject lines (reprinted below) and composed haiku and senryu from the words. Click on the link for an image with used words highlighted in yellow. Very few words had to be compiled from single letters.

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Exercise 1: Verbatim "Found Poem"

Haiku and Senryu from a Spam List: 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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