Laurence55's Workshop: Results

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August 24, 2008

A word from Writers-Workshop: There was an excellent amount of participation this workshop, both from the entries and the responses to the poems. We're glad to see such a positive response to found poetry!

:star: Special Mention: Illithyia for this critique:…

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Well, I am happy to announce that the Found Poetry workshop has come to a fantastic end! I would like to thank everyone who participated or supported the workshop in any way. I would also like to thank Writers-Workshop for choosing to collaborate with me in presenting one of my favorite styles of poetry.

I have to say, I saw an amazing level of creativity in both the source material used and the subjects that arose from seemingly unrelated texts. Many of you included songs, textbooks, and even email conversations! I was proud to see risks being taken with structure and the use of abstraction. In addition, I was also happy to see most of you referencing your work; one of the few rules of found poetry. I saw many political issues addressed as well, something that is often refreshing when done from an artistic standpoint. :heart:

While any poetic style is a life-long learning process, there are certain aspects of found poetry that must be observed in order to fully benefit from the exercise. One slight issue I had with some submissions is that although there was a use of abstract images, the poem itself failed to stray far from the topic of the original text. Please keep in mind that found poetry seeks to restructure texts to gain entirely new meanings. Also, in found poetry, every word used must come from an outside source. When that does not happen, a work cannot truly be considered found. In my first journal on found poetry, that is one of the principles that I discussed.

Again, these are things to work on as you grow in the style. For me, learning to examine language and recognize the poetry in any text is the premise of found poetry. More important than anything though is to have fun! Everyone did outstanding and I am honored to have had such an amazing turn out. That being said, I would like to take this moment to highlight a few entries that I felt clearly represented the concept of found poetry! These pieces incorporated fluidity, image abstraction, and in some cases minimalism to effectively convey their message. The images in each work, even when abstract, become fragments of a clear picture. These pieces are:

Rearrangement by starrsilver
Ten years for a hamster by dimerization
Love, the Boss by HaikuKitty
Delirium by Jade-Pandora
Hagiography by SOLARTS
Final Act by BeccaJS
The Line of a Thigh by Elmara
Ladybird Storm by mintleaves

Again, excellent job to all of you! Take what you have learned in this style and apply it to each of your forms! Thank you for participating in what I hope has been a great experience for all of you!

Congratulations everyone! Look out for our news article and journal with a workshop on sound devices.

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This was extremely funny :D I really enjoyed it!