Wednesday, 14 November 2012

A Found Poem

Galway Kinnell

I am no cook so rather than write about the best meal I've ever made I decided to post a poem I wrote in response to "Oatmeal" by Galway Kinnell. It is partly a Found Poem in that I have used excerpts from other writers.

I ate porridge for breakfast.
I made it on the stove
in the French cast iron saucepan.
I made it as I like it,
so thick the spoon stood up,
and sweetened with agave nectar.
I thought of a poet
not to have breakfast with -
Sylvia Plath -
(not after nearly three hours
of Tarkovsky’s “Stalker” last night).
I think she would
take her porridge “as a morsel, cold".
And those scolding vowels
setting my nervous dog on edge –
“You do not do, you do not do…”
If  I’ve learned
anything from the black rook
in rainy weather, it is to
“let spotted leaves fall as they fall,
without ceremony, or portent.”
Tonight I will make the seven leeks
pulled from the ground this morning,
(roots glistening silver) into a pie
and invite Mary Oliver to dinner.

Quotations used are from "Antony and Cleopatra" - Shakespeare and "Daddy" and "Black Rook in Rainy Weather" - Sylvia Plath

Found Poetry is a type of poetry created by taking words, phrases, and sometimes whole passages from other sources and reframing them as poetry by making changes in spacing and lines, or by adding or deleting text, thus imparting new meaning. The resulting poem can be defined as either treated: changed in a profound and systematic manner; or untreated: virtually unchanged from the order, syntax and meaning of the original.

1 comment:

  1. I have heard of found books too - when painters / writers take old books, adding images and words to reinvent it. Very good.