Method: For “Final Summer” I added the text I found on the back of the photograph. The photos’ indistinct subject struck me, why would anyone photograph such a scene? Turn it over and it becomes more clear. Sometimes we can’t recognize value until something is lost.
PJ Wren is a scientist and writer from Kensington, Maryland. Her poems have appeared in The Lake, After the Pause, and Plum Tree Tavern.
Source: Cut outs from issues of The New York Times Magazine, and New Yorker Magazine.
Kathy Douglas is writing and photographing a coffee table book of coffee table poems.She has two poems featured in the current issue of Right Hand Pointing, sympathetic magic, Issue 118. Kathy’s work can be found in Unlost Journal, Calyx, Drunken Boat, The Cafe Review, Noctua, Right Hand Pointing, After The Pause, shufpoetry, and Poetry WTF?! She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Bennington College.
Source: Durjoy Dutta’s novel, Till the Last Breath
Method: I found this book in the trash box and thought about putting it to some good use. I had learned about blackout poetry some years back and thought about trying it. I soon turned into an addict of sorts. Blackout is like journaling to me. I always find myself.
Asma Firdous is doing her BA(Hons) in English literature and struggles with discomfort and restlessness in everything she does.
Sources: Flying includes cut outs from issues of The New York Times Magazine, The Sunday New York Times, New Yorker Magazine, and local advertising circulars. Selected words and punctuation marks are made by hand.
Process: Part chance and part deliberation, the coffee table poems are written by selecting words and phrases based on size, color and themes. Starting with a loose selection process, choices progress organically towards themes. The cut out “bank” of text is placed on the table and moved around to find connections.Then poems are written by synthesizing syntax, meaning,design, and elements of poetry. Initially written in one sitting, the editing process may last through the week, provided the dog doesn’t fan the table with his tail.
Kathy Douglas is writing a coffee table book of coffee table poems.She recently completed a book of blackout poems entitled On The Ward of Omens based on Mary Daly’s Beyond God the Father: Toward A Philosophy of Women’s Liberation. Work can be found in Calyx, Drunken Boat, The Cafe Review, Noctua, Right Hand Pointing, After The Pause, shufpoetry, and Poetry WTF?! She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Bennington College. medium.com/@kathrynd Tweets @kathydouglas
Source:Becoming a President is built on an erasure poem from Cheng, Long, and Jeff Yang. I Am Jackie Chan: My Life in Action. New York: Ballantine, 1998. Pg. 126. Print.
Wm. Todd King is a found text poet bringing old words to new tongues in the maddening green of North Carolina. His works have appeared in Short Fast & Deadly, STILL, Found Poetry Review, Houseguest, and Potroast.
Method: Religion came as a washing instruction attached to a T-shirt.
Karen (Downs-)Barton is studying The History of Art with Creative Writing BA at the Open University. She lives in Wiltshire, close to Stonehenge and her occupations have included magician’s assistant and dancer. She is founder and co-editor of Matryoshka Poetry and her work has been published in The Curly Mind, I Am Not A Silent Poet, Wicked Banshee, Alyss Literary Journal and elsewhere.
We’re delighted to showcase The Craftsman, by W. Jack Savage. This piece spoke to us. We saw in it the”found poet” at work, chipping away at existing material, carving and crafting a new and beautiful thing. To all you “found poets” out there, this is for you!
Huge thanks to W. Jack Savage for allowing us to share your work here at Unlost.
W. Jack Savage is a retired broadcaster and educator. He is the author of seven books including Imagination: The Art of W. Jack Savage. More then fifty of Jack’s stories and over four-hundred of his paintings and drawings have been published worldwide. Jack and his wife Kathy live in Monrovia, California.