I’m already 4 days behind but it sounds like a game worth playing. Let me re-check the rules. The full explanation is below. As ever, I’m a little dubious about the idea of borrowing other people’s writing and calling it “found poetry”. I think the Journal’s editors got a bored of the very real limitations of “found poetry” and have perhaps stretched the definition beyond recognition. Maybe this cynicism would explain why I wasn’t invited to be one of the 85 ground-breaking poets.
I have some wonderful formal poems I began and abandoned that was a sort of hybrid fan/found poetry in which I took some lines from a character’s voice -in particular from a collection of Jewelle Gomez short stories called “Don’t Explain”– and worked them in to formalist persona poems using the forms that tend to repeat lines such as a Villanelle or Rondeau. I planned to do a chapbook entitled “Derivative” which included those and also tribute and/or answer poems like my “On (Dover) Bitches and Beaches” (ref. Matthew Arnold’s Dover Beach and Anthony Hecht’s Dover Bitch). But I abandoned the project as too self-indulgent and that I should be searching for originality and unique genius, not simply recycling the genius of others. Turns out I was just ahead of my time.
I suspect I will be too busy with other poetic commitments (like Simple Solidarity Press, the on the road reading and promoting the May 1st reading) to be able to commit to posting a poem here every day but I can dream, can’t I? (Particularly have been given permission to steal er… find… poems in books.)
Media and publisher inquiries may be addressed to Found Poetry Review Editor-in-Chief Jenni B. Baker at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eighty-five poets are creating found poetry from the 85 Pulitzer Prize-winning works of fiction as part of Pulitzer Remix, a 2013 National Poetry Month initiative. Each poet will post one poem per day on this website during the month of April, resulting in the creation of more than 2,500 poems by the project’s conclusion.
The project is sponsored by the Found Poetry Review, a literary journal dedicated exclusively to publishing found poetry. Found poems are the literary equivalents of collages, where words, phrases and lines from existing texts are refashioned into new poems. The genre includes centos, erasure poetry, cut-up poetry and other textual combinations.
Recognizing that there are many prestigious awards recognizing the work of writers from around the world, project creators chose the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction list for both its length and its potential to spur new works of found poetry.
Pulitzer Remix poets are challenged to create new works of poetry that vary in topic and theme from the original text, rather than merely regurgitating the novels in poetic form. Posted texts will take the form of blackouts, whiteouts, collages and more, and will range from structured to more experimental forms.
This is the second year the Found Poetry Review has lead a project for National Poetry Month, Last year, on the heels of a successful Kickstarter campaign, the journal enlisted volunteers to distribute 500 found poetry kits in public spaces in communities across the U.S. and abroad.
After the conclusion of Pulitzer Remix, project creators intend to seek a publisher for an edited collection of poems from the project.