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NaPoWriMo: April 18 Poetry Prompt


From Dawnne Ernette,, Academic Support Division Chair,  Faculty

Found poetry is simply poetry you write yourself based on a snippet of something someone else wrote. You could take a line from the news, a novel, or anywhere, really.



Dividing line of cocoons


What follows is an example of found poetry. The student writer (me) read the following poem by Harold Munro, took the two words "green glass" from the original poem, and then wrote her own poem around those two words. Her poem is from her dark teen angst-ridden years.


Munro's poem:  Overheard in a Saltmarsh  by Harold Munro Nymph, nymph, what are your beads? 
Green glass, goblin. Why do you stare at them? 
Give them me.
Give them me. Give them me.
Then I will howl all night in the reeds,
Lie in the mud and howl for them.

Goblin, why do you love them so? 

They are better than stars or water,
Better than voices of winds that sing,
Better than any man's fair daughter,
Your green glass beads on a silver ring.

Hush, I stole them out of the moon.
Give me your beads, I want them.

I will howl in the deep lagoon
For your green glass beads, I love them so.
Give them me. Give them.
No. Dawnne's found poem example.


So that is how it works! My English 102 students do this and the results are remarkable. I’d love to see something written around “There is a crack in everything/That’s how the light gets in.” ~ Leonard Cohen



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