Notes: Guess I have another excuse to sit in front of the computer screen – even less reason to leave the house as a warm front turns Boxing Day into a mix of contradictory precipitation, or perhaps a precipitation of contradictions. Ice pellets, drizzling fog, rain, freezing something or other, maybe even snow. So here is the latest exploration of the implied spaces of Mass Media. While looking at the new WordPress Reader Format, of which many have exclaimed , I noticed that if one looks at the post titles, Found Poetry can be discerned/imposed.
Found poetry is a type of poetry created by taking words, phrases, and sometimes whole passages from other sources and reframing them as poetry (a literary equivalent of a collage) 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. Examples of found poems can be seen in the work of Blaise Cendrars, David Antin, and Charles Reznikoff.
Each line in the above stanzas is a post title found on the Reader using the Photography Tag. The hyperlinked lines will open in a new tab revealing the original post ( make sure to visit all of them). The context and meaning of the stanzas are now inter-connected with the posts and the posts are likewise re-imagined in the poetic context . In some cases, the posts appeared directly after one another in the Reader. In other cases, some posts were skipped because they lacked titles ( impact of new Reader Format processing the original post – haven’t figured that one out yet ), others were very commercial or seemed to be multiple posts selling service/product. As a further challenge, I attempted to create visual compositions that are inspired by/reflect on the stanzas, thus expanding the visual context of the words and the original posts. If anyone else has experimented with this type of Found Poetry, Tag verse, I would be very interested in your process and finished product.