During the second half of June, one of my friends and I conducted a creative writing camp for teens as part of our work with the North Star of Texas Writing Project. We decided to attempt the found poetry exercise that I used earlier this year with my creative writing course at school (“Time for Poetry: Found Poems”).
I used my news magazines again, simply because I had a lot of those lying around. However, this activity can be done with any type of text: other magazines, textbooks, novels, cookbooks, menus, labels. . .really, anything that isn’t already poetry.
Here are some samples of the poems we produced.
An article about product placement in entertainment:
An article about texting and driving:
An article about young people getting tattoos to memorialize their families’ suffering in the Holocaust:
An article about tension in Korea:
An article about child soldiers:
And here are our poems on display:
Another view of the display table:
Let me know if you try found poetry in your classroom (or summer camp)!