Found poems in mashed up book titles

 

Found poems in mashed up book titles

(by way of Twitter)

 

 

 

 

 

The phantom tollbooth,

coming of age

in

Samoa.

 

 

20 love poems

&

a song of Despair,

George’s marvellous medicine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONVERSATIONS

with Kurt Vonnegut,

a   POWER

governments

cannot

SUPPRESS

 

 

 

STRENGTH

 

 

in

what remains,

it’s

kind

of

a

funny

story

 

 

 

BOOMBOX SERENADE:

Consider

The Lobster,

The Cricket in Times Square,

Fear and loathing in Las Vegas,

&

The unbearable lightness

of

being bridge

to

Terabithia

 

word collage – Jane Austen & allison anne

As an experiment, I selected at random a chapter from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, with the intention of substituting the nouns and verbs from another text. Proper names and the verbs, said & cried, were excluded. The text I chose was the Allison Anne interview by Fragmented Collective.

allison anne – click to visit website

allison anne [pronouns: they/them] is a collagist, mail-artist, zine-maker and graphic designer based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA on occupied Dakota land. Their creative work – a result of years of self-directed experimentation with many traditional and digital mediums – is influenced by an education in American Studies at the University of Minnesota, where they received a Bachelor of Arts degree that also focused on Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies. allison’s myriad interests and background create a personal perspective, often expressed through recycled, found, and reclaimed materials. They are an active member of the International Union of Mail-Artists and a founding member of Twin Cities Collage Collective, a group which endeavours to expand access to and interest in collage in Minneapolis-Saint Paul and beyond. Source – Arts to Heart 

Examples of their work. Click images to see more

 

 

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I tried to maintain the sequence of the selected words as they appeared in the interview. Interestingly, my random choice of chapter from the novel may have not been totally random. I selected chapter 10, which features a discussion of the art of letter writing. At the time, I had not considered this, but when I began the substitution it created an intriguing composition.  There was obviously some repetition, as the topics of interest were connected to the artist’s work. What emerged was a composition that was at turns, absurdist, oblique, metaphorical, and ironic. From lines of innuendo to metatextual commentary, this word collage ended up being about collage making and the art process. Read full  Word Collage~PDF.

The following images were created by combining text elements from the word collage, a Depiction of Austen from A Memoir of Jane Austen (1871), one of my photos & two of my collage scans.

 

 

 

 

Please click allison anne’s photo or collages to see more of their work. Many thanks to allison for the inspiration. Visit Twin Cities Collage Collective to see work by all their members.

Note: I only used the first half of chapter 10. Hope you found this experiment of interest.

Collage 14

God sour the milk of the knacking wench

with razor and twine she comes

to stanchion our blond and bucking bull,

pluck out his lovely plumbs.

 


God shiver the prunes on her bark of chest,

who capons the prancing young.

Let maggots befoul her alive in bed,

and dibble thorns in her tongue.

 

“God Sour the MIlk of the Knacking Wench” by Alden Nowlan.  (1960)

collage 13

More is the whole than a part: but half is more than the whole:

Clearly, The soul is the body: but is not the body the soul?

 

One and two are not one: but one and nothing is two:

Truth can hardly be false, if falsehood cannot be true.

 

Once the mastodon was: pterodactyls were common as cocks:

Then mammoth was God: now is He a prize Ox.

 

Parallel all things are: yet many of these are askew:

You are certainly I: but certainly I am not you.

 

 

from:  The Higher Pantheism in a Nutshell

 by Swinburne, Algernon Charles   1870