A few months ago, I invited you to invent some poetry challenges. Daniel and Gemma sent in these two which I thought would be fun. Thanks!
So your challenge is to write a found poem (you have to go finding first so see my tips and examples) or assemble a book-spine poem (see my tips).
Gemma: Write a found poem
So what is a found poem?
You use words or phrases you read or hear and turn them into a poem.
It might be signs or something in the newspaper. You borrow the words or phrases!
It might be a letter or a notice. Circle the words and phrases you want to use as Gemma does below.
It might be billboard or road signs.
It might be words and phrases you read in a book. Say what the book is.
It might be a conversation you hear. I love collecting things people say when I am out.
It might be comments in a visitor’s book. Bill Manhire did this at Shackleton’s Hut!!
It might be junk mail headings or ad slogans.
Give your poem a title.
Here are three I did:
This is not any sofa.
The milk on everyone’s lips.
Need long shoes?
[I got these lines from ads in a magazine]
keep off the grass
swim between the flags
falling rocks unstable cliffs
west coast veggie burger
[signs I saw at the beach]
count the chickens
the little palace
the curving staircase
[from first page of Barbara Else’s fabulous The Travelling Restaurant]
Here’s one Gemma did:
A motivation found poem
Prepare for improvements
And learn more.
You can see where she got her words from (you could use a magazine or newspaper or book page – say what you used):
Daniel: Use the the titles on books spines to make a poem.
You can photo them like Daniel did or just type them like I did.
So what is a book-spine poem?
You stack books so the tiles on the spines read like a poem.
See my example and the photo Gemma and Daniel sent.
A Very Busy Kitchen
The 10 PM Question:
Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus
In the Midnight Kitchen
Go Dogs Go’
Green Eggs and Ham
Here’s one Daniel and Gemma did for their school library
Only one you
An unexpected hero
Not bad for a bad lad
You be you.
H a v e f u n ! ! !
Send to firstname.lastname@example.org by 27th October. I will post some favourites on 31st October and have a poetry book for at least one reader. It is not a competition though!
Please include your name, age, year and name of school. I won’t post poems if I don’t have these details.
IMPORTANT: Put FOUND POEM or BOOK SPINE POEM in the subject line of the email please.