This year for National Poetry Month I’m participating in a Found poetry writing challenge with the Found Poetry Review entitled “Potential Literature Meets Daily Paper.”
I’ll be creating a found poem for each day in the month of April using text from the Salt Lake Tribune. Watch for my posts!
1. WHAT EXCITES YOU ABOUT OULIPOST?
The inspiration to write found poetry, the community of writers, and challenging myself.
2. WHAT, IF ANYTHING, SCARES YOU ABOUT OULIPOST?
Figuring out my WordPress site feels a little intimidating, but mostly because I’ve never given myself much time to work with it. This project will force me to finally take the time!
3. HAVE YOU WRITTEN EXPERIMENTAL OR FOUND POETRY BEFORE? IF SO, TELL US ABOUT IT.
I’ve written a handful of found poems, either as assignments or for specific prompts. I love words, and there’s something very enjoyable and fascinating to read and pick out the ones that catch my eye for use in a new work. It’s exciting to see what comes of the exercise. I’ve also dabbled in sound poetry, which is a lot of fun. I just enjoy playing with words in general.
4. WHAT NEWSPAPER WILL SERVE AS YOUR SOURCE TEXT?
The Salt Lake Tribune
5. WHO’S YOUR SPIRIT OULIPIAN?
My spirit Oulipian is Michèle Métail. I selected her because she was the first female member and joined back in 1975. I turned three that year, which gave her a sort of motherly feel as I read about her. She is also a poet, which I consider myself (more of a poet than any other type of writer) so she seemed the best fit. There have only been three female Oulipiennes as far as my quick research found.