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Exercise 2: Found Poem using any two sources selected by the author


Found Poetry Exercise 2




   Neal Whitman    /NW

   Shanna Baldwin Moore    /SBM

   Linda Papanicolau    /LP

   Karina Klesko    /KK

Dragons at the Door: Haibun 
Daylily - Following the Sun 
Daylily - Following the Sun - White   
Daylily - Following the Sun - Black 
Sijo / Korean Song: Proverbs

   Bernard Gieske    /BG

Tribute To Jean Ritchie: Free Verse

   John Daleiden    /JD

The Interloper Journeys From Page to Page
A Night At The Opera: Incremental Line Increase

   Judith Gorgone

as big as life: Free Verse

   Craig Tigerman

Objects in Mirror are Closer than they Appear














































Craig Tigerman: Exercise 2: Two sources in a Found Poem: Rhyming Quatrains


Craig Tigerman


Rhyming Quatrains

Objects in Mirror are Closer than they Appear


Summer of '73, I was in hospital chaplaincy training
Our supervisor's penetrating gaze made us wise
To our soul-searching verbatim analysis alibis
But the nurses would tell us, "Tolly has bedroom eyes."

A mental health therapist there locked me in her office
Saying, "I've always wondered what you'd be like."
I said, "What do you mean?" She said, "You know, in bed."
(Student Chaplains: They Gave More Than Just Their Bibles)

"But I'm married," I told her; our session ended quickly.
The rest of the summer she glared at me quite prickly.
As Tolly would remind us when we laid it on him thickly,
"Sometimes a good cigar is just a good cigar."


Author Notes and Resources:

Here are the sources I used... maybe I am not using enough "outside" sources, and I'm using too much of my own recollection as a source?

The title is the familiar phrase embossed on side view mirrors on cars. For the poem's purposes, the "mirror" is symbolic of "reflections," i.e., my memory from 38 summers ago.

The conversational quotations in the poem are a source unto themselves -- I am taking words that were spoken in the past and putting them into the poem.

The line about "Student Chaplains" is a transformation of a soft-core porn movie that was showing (no pun intended) around that time, "Student Nurses." The voice on the radio commercials said, "Student Nurses: They gave more than just their stethoscopes." As student chaplains we jokingly adapted that to our own situation. Here in the poem I have preserved the words we used to say to each other after encountering certain situations.

Sometimes our memories (reflections) are closer (more accessible in our minds) than they would seem. I thought it might be appropriate to capture one such episode in a Found Poem. But if I've taken too much liberty regarding the requirements of the genre, let me know and I'll try better next time. Thanks!


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Craig Tigerman: Exercise 2: Two sources in a Found Poem: Rhyming Quatrains

Objects in Mirror are Closer than they Appear


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:

Post to the foundpoetrystudio at this link:

  •  click post
  • select rich-text format
  • paste in your document or type in your document
  • format your document
  • PROOF READ YOUR DOCUMENT -- this is very important!
  • send your document
  • respond to feedback

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