Docupoems, news poems, found poems, and erasures

06 Apr

Two opportunities to send your poems into the world:

Found poems

Select an article (or two) from the New York Times – create a found poem – and post it to their designated page by May 9th to enter the Eighth Annual Found Poem Contest

Check out their previous winners.

Docupoems / News poems

For examples of docupoems written by MLWGS students based on transcripts of interviews with veterans, explore the examples at the bottom of the library’s documentary poetry guide.

One place to send docupoems or news poems based on events in headlines during the current week is Rattle‘s Poets Respond competition.

Learning more about documentary poetry and its many possibilities

Interested in playing with erasures?  Try the online erasure tool from Wave Books. Consider challenging a friend – or everyone at your table – to pick the same source text and create an erasure. You’ll be surprised at how your erasures reflect your individual writing styles. Fair warning: the save function doesn’t always work, so take a screenshot of your poem or print your poem to keep it.

Happy writing!



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