NaPoWriMo 2011 Poem & Prompt for April 7, 2011 7/30

April 7, 2011

Welcome to Day 7 of NaPoWriMo

Today’s subject prompt is  The Bible    (something in your poem is about or related to The Bible).

Today’s form challenge is   FOUND POEM  form

We’ll keep it loose but you can certainly do a double form challenge… as in write a villanelle form using Found Words…..and if you actually decide to try that one… well let me know… I’ll be in awe of the accomplishment.

The explanation of the FOUND POEM  is below:


By Christopher J. Jarmick

Swearing is forbidden either by heaven or  Jerusalum.  Simply let your yes,

be your no, do not turn to mediums.

Do not wag your tongues, honor me

with their lips. Give thanks to the Lord

for everything for six days; I will give you rest.

Let us not give up the habit

every day or I have wasted my efforts on you.

On the first day, the woman took the spices, Paul spoke

until midnight.  He said preach the good news

with our weaknesses, just as we are, it is God’s will.

Do good to all people, love your enemies, listen to your

father, honor your mother and enjoy long life on

the earth.  Children, remind the people

to be obedient, obey God, show respect

And die by the sword.

© 2011


By Teresa Jarmick

Let the words of my mouth–

Not vain repetitions-

be acceptable.

Ask and it shall be given

Nothing wavering

It shall be opened

Call upon

great and unsearchable

without ceasing.

© 2011

Teresa’s and I did our Found Poem on the subject The Bible by using text from the Bible!!!

Found poems take existing texts and refashion them, reorder them, and present them as poems. The literary equivalent of a collage, found poetry is often made from newspaper articles, street signs, graffiti, speeches, letters, or even other poems.

A pure found poem consists exclusively of outside texts: the words of the poem remain as they were found, with few additions or omissions. Decisions of form, such as where to break a line, are left to the poet.

Many poets have also chosen to incorporate snippets of found texts into larger poems, most significantly Ezra Pound. His Cantos includes letters written by presidents and popes, as well as an array of official documents from governments and banks. The Waste Land, by T. S. Eliot, uses many different texts, including Wagnerian opera, Shakespearian theater, and Greek mythology. Other poets who combined found elements with their poetry are William Carlos Williams, Charles Olson, and Louis Zukofsky.

The found poem achieved prominence in the twentieth-century, sharing many traits with Pop Art, such as Andy Warhol’s soup cans or Marcel Duchamp’s bicycle wheels and urinals. The writer Annie Dillard has said that turning a text into a poem doubles that poem’s context. “The original meaning remains intact,” she writes, “but now it swings between two poles.”

(this form explanation was ‘borrowed from  Poets.org)

© 2011


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