A shout out to my current or previous students. I need your art and creativity. Parents, if you have a kiddo that went to SPMS or SPHS pass this on to them.

I am finishing up a book on found poetry and illustrations and thought it would be awesome to include a chapter curated with student work. If you are interested in creating a found poem and illustrating it for publication in this book, check out the guidelines on my website.

Former students, I encourage you to put something together for this, especially if you are a busy professional now or into your college career. I have found that purpose driven creativity, communing with the Holy Spirit for creative ventures, can balance ones day. It would be so awesome to feature you in this book!

Guidelines follow.

If you already know what found poetry is, simply scan and post an 8x10 image with the revealed poem to me at topimages@msn.com. The image will need to be a .jpg or .png. The subject of your found poetry should be in one of the following categories: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control. I can be any style of found poetry except book spine.

Note: As poetry is much more effective to listen to rather than just read, I would encourage you to also read and record your poem. Send me an mp3 audio file and I will also put that in the book and on the website. Easy peazy, lemon squeezy.

You will recognize them as the 9 fruits of the Holy Spirit.

If you need a refresher on what found poetry is and how to create it, you can watch the short primer video below OR read the synopsis I have written below the video. The video is from the Mentor Public Library Youtube Channel and is an excellent short review.

You can get a fast visual review of various types of found poetry if you use "found poetry" or "black-out poetry" as keywords in your favorite browser.

                                                What is Poetry?
Poetry, a literary form that has captivated human imagination for centuries, can be defined in various ways. Here are some key aspects of poetry:

1. Literary Work: Poetry is a form of literary art, which can be both written and spoken. It's a creative expression using words.

2. Expression of Feelings and Ideas: Poetry often focuses on conveying emotions and ideas with intensity. It's not just about telling a story or presenting a fact; it's about evoking feelings.

3. Distinctive Style and Rhythm: A unique feature of poetry is its attention to style and rhythm. The way words are arranged, and the rhythm they create, are as important as the words themselves.

4. Imaginative Awareness: Poetry formulates a concentrated imaginative awareness of experience. It's about seeing the world through a different lens and expressing that vision.

5. Emotional Response: The ultimate goal of poetry is to elicit a specific emotional response, achieved through the combination of meaning, sound, and rhythm.

What Poetry is Not Necessarily About
• Rhyme: A common misconception is that all poetry must rhyme. This is not true, especially in found poetry, where rhyme is often absent.

Found Poetry: Definitions and Types
Found poetry is a unique form of poetry that involves taking words, phrases, and passages from other sources and reframing them as poetry. This process often involves changes in spacing, lines, and sometimes the addition or deletion of text, giving new meaning to the original words.
Types of Found Poetry
1. Cut-Up: This involves physically cutting or tearing text into words and phrases, then rearranging them to create a poem. The arrangement can be intentional or random.

2. Erasure: Here, poets erase most of the text from a source, leaving behind select words and phrases that form a poem.

3. Blackout: Similar to erasure, but poets use markers (usually black) to redact words until a poem emerges. The visual aspect is significant in blackout poetry.

4. Freeform Excerpting and Remixing: This involves extracting words and phrases and rearranging them freely, often creating a different flow or direction than the original text.

5. Cento (or Sento): Derived from the Latin word for 'patchwork', cento involves creating a poem by uniting lines from other authors’ writings. The original lines remain intact, but their arrangement is new.

6. Special Mention: Book Spine Poetry
A creative and accessible form of found poetry is book spine poetry, where titles of books are arranged in a stack to create a poem. This form is particularly engaging and can be a fun, collaborative activity.

Educational Resources
For further exploration and understanding of poetry and found poetry, various resources are available. Websites like Wikipedia, ThoughtCo, WritersDigest, and the Academy of American Poets offer valuable insights. Additionally, the Found Poetry Review, although no longer active, still provides useful information on its website.

Poetry, in its essence, is a form of expression that transcends conventional boundaries of language. Found poetry, in particular, challenges our perception of what poetry can be by transforming existing texts into new poetic forms. By exploring and creating found poetry, one can develop a deeper appreciation for the nuances and transformative power of words.

1. Wikipedia - Poetry: For a general overview and historical context of poetry. Wikipedia - Poetry
2. ThoughtCo - Poetry: Offers educational articles and insights about various aspects of poetry. ThoughtCo - Poetry
3. WritersDigest: A valuable resource for writers, including sections on poetic forms and techniques. WritersDigest
4. Academy of American Poets: A rich resource for poems, poet biographies, essays, and educational materials about poetry. Poets.org

5. Found Poetry Review. Even though the journal is no longer active, there is some really fun content that is archived. Found Poetry Review.

*featured image credit to the owner Jo in NZ from flickr