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Poetry from A to Z

Poet Alison Chisholm guides you through the language of poetry

FOUND POETRY is self-explanatory. A found poem turns up where you may not expect it, as a form of words you stumble across that have some sort of poetic quality – however slight – to them. They could be anywhere; in a set of instructions, an advertisement, a weather forecast, a news report.

Because of copyright, it is not advisable to take a chunk of material from another source, put in a set of line breaks and then call it your poem. In any case, that is hardly a creative practice. The skill in found poetry is to use the found portion as a base (which should be acknowledged on the final text) and extend and enrich it with your own input.

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