Slice of Life 31: Found Poetry

It has been a wonderful month, gone by so quickly. Thank you  TaraAnnaDanaStacey,  Betsy  and Beth  and all the bloggers who have contributed to  Two Writing Teachers  Slice of Life Challenge 2014. I hope many will keep slicing weekly–look for you tomorrow. Enjoy the month’s final slices here.
11454297503_e27946e4ff_hYeah WE did it! Number 31 of 31! Right here. I say we because without the community this wouldn’t be. The comments were so wonderful. I wanted to explore the comments, and see what I might find.

Found poems take existing texts and refashion them, reorder them, and present them as poems. The literary equivalent of a collage, found poetry is often made from newspaper articles, street signs, graffiti, speeches, letters, or even other poems.

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I “found” this poem in the comments on my posts by  Terje, Tara, Fran, Linda, Elsie, Leigh Anne,  Ramona, Nancy, Stacey, Richard, Jaana, Kevin, Katherine, Margaret, Kim, and Michelle.


experience challenge
find inspiration
share gratitude

virtual me enjoyed
your thinking

the power of the small

just listening
“check I relate”

not judge
conversation critical!

so many “what ifs”
real work, naturally, like everything else

 magic memory

leap of faith jump and participate
uncomfortable territory
the process is paramount

The pains of growing
the comfort of knowing
someone will “listen”

incredibly strong
discipline and team.
What a treasure

words hushed

tender lasting memory
we would not likely ever forget
a lump in my throat

thoughts and actions mingled and changed

16 thoughts on “Slice of Life 31: Found Poetry

  1. Thanks for the reminder that the community is powerful. It inspires me to create that in my classroom of writers as well. All the best for April inspirations as well!!

  2. Oh, Julieanne, What an amazing poem!! I love the idea of mining for words from your comments. I hope you don’t mind, but I’m going to borrow this idea for my next Tuesday slice…tomorrow! Thank you for the inspiration!

  3. What a great way to end the month! Your found poem really illustrates the community aspect of what we’ve all done here, along with the point of found poetry. You wrote and then we wrote and then you wrote. Usually, you’re not “in conversation” in found poetry. This time you are! Great idea. Congratulations!

  4. Julieanne,
    Your unique view of your comments literally “found” this poem. I wonder if students could/would be interested in doing this with the responses to their own blog posts? What a nice summative reflection of the month!

  5. Absolutely awesome! It’s true that not only slices can inspire us, the comments have many sparks too. Seriously, your found poem is awesome. (I know I said it, but I needed to repeat it.)

  6. Wow, just wow! I love found poems, & this is a wonder, rather like what so many of us say. Take any part & one can connect to it. Thanks, Julieanne, so glad you have become a part of the SOL community. See you tomorrow!

  7. This is great! Of course, now I want to go back and see what I said! I wrote that using others’ ideas was inspiration – I think I might just be inspired! 🙂 thanks!

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