Found Poems

Found poems are poems created by taking words, phrases, and even whole passages from prosaic sources and reframing them as poetry.  They are the poetic equivalent of the “scrapture” events that used to be held at the Sonoma County dump – exhibitions of sculptures made from discarded items..   I’d forgotten that I’d ever written a found poem, until I found the following from my college days:

Bulletin of the Garden Club of America
Baskets of fibrous-rooted begonias.
A hole for one or two daffodils.
We cannot grow.
You plant not the seed,
But a mixture designed for maximum enjoyment.

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