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Exercise 2: Found Poem using any two (or more) sources selected by the author


Found Poetry Exercise 2




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 Bernard Gieske: Exercise 2: Two sources in a Found Poem


Tribute To Jean Ritchie

Free Verse


sing and dance it all day long
over the hills and over the mountains
there’s a place on this earth that is dearer to me
only you would know where that would be

As I went out walking one morning in May
are blowing today
there I met a lady so sweet and so fair
then you took my hand, we laughed and talked together
we shared the warmth of the day together

how I love you in these mountains
how I love you in the spring
my Love had never a chance to grow old
it was just beginning to unfold

The truth to tell you, I’ll tell
if you mind and listen a spell
I never could do without you ––
I still love your slow music
My love will follow, follow — you

I needed you to keep me sweet company
your voice was so sweet to me
to know your love and still feel you in my arms
to converse with me and sing me a song
on the banks of that little green river so warm

As you were sleeping last night
I’ve been a-wanderin’ all the night
I quietly slipped away into the light.
I am walking with the clouds today

Visit that place which is dearer to me
There you can hear the soft wind –– sighing
For I am one with the cloud and wind
There you can hear the sound of my heart crying.
The Fair Winds are calling, they are calling you to me

I have just arrived and am new at this
but it is you –– I already miss
heavenly I was granted one last wish
and am dreaming of my one – my absent love
sure love is fine and love is sure
loving you in heaven will be my cure

where we can see the stars all singin’ together
for the sweetest song I know is here
in this garden so fair, this garden so free
where we can sing and dance it all day long

I know how you hate the BLACK WATERS
that run down through the land
and the scenes of destruction on every land
I wish for you I could gather flowers
I hope you can see that rainbow shine
when they break out the golden sunshine

THE FAIR WINDS are calling, calling for you
for I am yearning, yearning for you
here you belong I know to be certain

I’m going a-walking to feel the joys of spring
to see the waters a-gliding, hear the nightingale sing
to the place that is dearer to me
heaven’ll help me just wait there for me


*Jean Ritchie was born in Viper, Kentucky just southeast of Hazard in eastern Kentucky where the Appalachian Mountains are and where coal mining is primary.


1 - Killy Kranky Is My Song
2 - Wild Horses
3 - The High Hills And Mountains
4 - See The Waters A Glidin’
5 - The Fair Winds Are Blowing
6 - The Flowers Of Joy
7 - Sweet Reason
8 - Hiram Hubbard
9 - Over The River To Feed My Sheep
10 - Let Go Of Me Summer
11 - Thousand Miles Blues
12 - Cold Mountains
13 - One More Mile
14 - Cloud Rambler (poem)
15 - Sorrow In The Wind
16 - One I Love
17 - The Red Rose And The White
18 - With Kitty I’ll Go
19 - Farewell To The Mountains
20 - Now Is The Cool Of The Day
21 - Black Waters
22 - The Flowers Of Joy
23 - See That Rainbow Shine
24 - Words Of Love


Bernard's comments:

Here is my Tribute To Jean Ritchie, as published by poetfreak. I used titles and verses from her music. At the beginning I give an explanation which explains how I composed the poem and tried to document my sources. At the time I wrote this I had never heard of found poems. The purpose of my documentation was to make it clear to the reader what was mine and what Jean Ritchie was responsible for. Once again, poetfreak does not keep italics or bold letters. For those not reading the poem, I decided to capitalize all the song titles to distinquish them from the rest of the words (in yellow highlight on the list of song titles above). In my original I italicized those verses which came from some of her songs. In some cases I inserted additional words inside verses. The italics would have been able to make this kind of distinction. In my original I used superscripts to show where each verse came from and then listed the information at the end. Since all the verses and titles were from her music, I concluded that it really didn't matter much to someone simply wanting to read the poem as to where any particular verse could be found. I finally decided just to list all the songs which I used afterward.

The posting at poetfreak can be read at this link:

Jean Ritchie was a popular folk singer during the last decade. She grew up in the mountains of eastern Kentucky where coal mining predominated. I incorporated titles of her songs, which are capitalized, and verses from her songs. I also included numbers in my original poem but which are also not included here, to indicate which song the verses I used came from. A list of all the songs I used can be found at the end.

Published March 12, 2010


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Bernard Gieske: Exercise 2: Two sources in a Found Poem

Tribute To Jean Ritchie: Free Verse


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:

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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