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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    /JG

as big as life: Free Verse

   Craig Tigerman

Objects in Mirror are Closer than they Appear




































Karina Klesko Exercise 2: Two sources in a Found Poem


Dragons at the Door



A gentle ascent into the foothills of the Transylvanian Alps
reveals meadowlands that give way to crumbling houses
with chickens in the front yard and
laundry flapping on clothes lines in back yards.
Adults drunk on poverty,
children at play in their dreams.
Twilight shadows are slowly creeping, twisting, shifting tree limbs
into prehistoric beasts, striking and melancholy.
Careful! Try not to listen to the snare of the wind.

Dragons rise, and dragons roar
Dragons, dragons at the door.
Dragons, dragons passing by
Dragons flap and dragons fly
Dragons come and dragons go
Dragons, dragons don't say no.
Dragons here and dragons there
Dragons, dragons everywhere

looking upó
the clouds change
into an army


Ref. Tracking and Taming Dragons: Ernest Drake
My own prose mixed with random word clippings from magazines and papers.


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Dragons at the Door: Haibun: Karina Klesko


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