'Found Poetry' from Linux Magazine / by daintydora

Found it in my notepad... Found Poetry is such an interesting subject and a clever, accessible intro to the world of poetry (which can sometimes seem an elitist club for the few who can master Haiku and Pantoums and the inexplicable ins and outs of rhythm, rhyme, assonance, alliteration and allegory...)

The concept was first introduced to me when doing an online evening class in Creative Writing at Strathclyde university.

The idea is to pick words/phrases at random from a magazine or written text you wouldn't normally read (or a street sign, flyer, noticeboard - whatever), and rework them into something resembling a poem, all without thinking too much about it.

You can draw a shape like a circle onto the page and decide to only use the words inside that shape, or 'take a line for a walk' and use the words where the line intersects. You might add the rule that you have to use all the words or that you can't add or remove any words. It's an experiment. Your experiment.

It's the 'freeing up' of the mind that is the focus, the process, rather than the end result, though the end result can actually be rather interesting in itself.

Here's my attempt using a page of terms from the computing magazine Linux User & Developer:

The Back-Up
The back-up.
It’s exactly unclear. Rubbish!
Two connections I have witnessed:
Reboot. Gesture. Reboot.
Unclear? Exactly.
Make voice calls. Gesture. Reboot.
The foot won.
I have witnessed the back-up.
Two connections made me think:
it’s exactly unclear.
The back-up.