This chapbook collects a selection of poems written during Found Poetry Review‘s Oulipost project in 2014. The poems were created by applying oulipian and oulipian-esque constraints to the author’s daily newspaper, the Austin American-Statesman.
ACOUSTIC BATTERY LIFE includes an irrational sonnet, a series of found haiku, quote centos and the result of a technique called “larding” as well as a “belle absente” tribute to Disney princesses, all using text sourced from the Statesmen, from the front page to the sports section to the horoscopes. This chapbook hopes to leave readers wondering what unused tools they’ve left in their toolboxes.
This micro chapbook contains three long poems, each in parts, each exploring the words of Lana Del Rey. First scrambling each of LDR’s albums and then applying an erasure technique to those scrambled words, the poet has created new poems that explore femininity, feminism, sex, soul, and the landscape of our beautiful, broken America.
Containing poems written for Found Poetry Review’s PoMoSco (Poetry Month Scouts) event in 2015, SHE WITNESSES uses a variety of sources—from Judy Blume to Anne Sexton to neighborhood signage and the whacky speech of a tired flight attendant—to forge new poetry from found texts.
Using found poetry techniques like erasure, remix, cento in combination with FPR’s clever prompts, SHE WITNESSES is both experimental and accessible, ready for readers to find.
This long poem in seventeen parts is both an homage to Prince’s song “17 Days” (the B-side to “When Doves Cry”) and a confessional piece chronicling the struggles of “the post-suicidal woman.”
17 DAYS is a sequel (or perhaps a B-side) to PRAY, PRAY, PRAY, and follows on its heels as the author looks to Prince and his music to find a sense of clarity in her own life.
This short chapbook of poems is part confessional, part ekphrastic, quite purple and a little Patriotic.
Written to Prince (yes, the Artist) by the author as a response both to his body of work during a period of her own struggle, PRAY PRAY PRAY collects poems that are both frank and lyrical, inquisitive and obstinate.
With themes of Americana, faith, art, solitude and strength, PRAY, PRAY, PRAY is as much a tribute to Prince as it is an open letter from one lonely artist to the next.
A GUIDE FOR THE PRACTICAL ABDUCTEE is a short chapbook of poems on the topic of the unknown — cryptozoology, ufology, and paranormal phenomena. From ouija boards to Sasquatch to the Bermuda Triangle and crop circles, these poems explore the nature of humanity from a whole new angle.
From the publisher: It is hard to imagine a selection of poems that is more liberating, more imaginative, more real than the poems in this chapbook. Others praise while I still marvel. In this collection no topic is off limits, no subject taboo. This collection reaches fantastic on so many levels.
A JAB OF DEEP URGENCY is a collection of 30 poems crafted during Found Poetry Review’s Pulitzer Remix project in 2013. Mined from the text of Jennifer Egan’s novel, A VISIT FROM THE GOON SQUAD, these poems were all created using the erasure method (also known as blackout or whiteout) on various pages of the original text, resulting in a brand new narrative.
From Jenni B. Baker, Editor-in-Chief of Found Poetry Review:
Found poetry is a deceivingly challenging practice; working within a constrained vocabulary, poets must remake the text anew. In A JAB OF DEEP URGENCY, Anderson carefully erases pieces of Egan’s text, leaving behind a dynamic, personal narrative made all the more remarkable because of the myriad voices represented in the original text. The poems, each remarkable in their own right, cohere into a perceptive commentary on the relationships people have with each other and the environments in which they live.
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Hermeneutic Chaos Press, November 2016.