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October challenges in time for the holidays: found poems and book-spine poems

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:

 

Happy Days!

This is not any sofa.

The milk on everyone’s lips.

Need long shoes?

 

[I got these lines from ads in a magazine]

 

The Beach

keep off the grass

swim between the flags

falling rocks unstable cliffs

dottorel nesting

west coast veggie burger

[signs I saw at the beach]

 

Road Trip

Slow down

Slow down

Give way

Children crossing

Stop

Ice

Stop

Roadworks

Detour

Flooding

Stop Stop

[road signs]

 

Friday

Something good

much hope,

count the chickens

the horses

the little palace

the curving staircase

afternoon tea,

his birthday.

 

[from first page of Barbara Else’s fabulous The Travelling Restaurant]

 

 

Here’s one Gemma did:

A motivation found poem

Plan consistently
Prepare for improvements
Encourage
Improve
And learn more.

Gemma

 

You can see where she got her words from (you could use a magazine or newspaper or book page – say what you used):

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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:

Stuart Little

Little Bear

Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus

In the Midnight Kitchen

 

Go Dogs Go’

Green Eggs and Ham

Goodnight Moon

Paula

 

Here’s one Daniel and Gemma did for their school library

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Only one you
An unexpected hero
Not bad for a bad lad
Braving it
Being happy
You be you.

 

H a v e     f u n    !  !   !

 

Send to paulajoygreen@gmail.com 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.