Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Snapshot ~ A Found Poem

Snapshot ~ A Found Poem

Cherry Blossom beauties
in Japanese kimonos

inspired shadow plays
in the camera's lens,

manipulated the poetry
of live performance

in a suite of short vignettes
modeled on the art of exposure,

their haunting black-and-white
self-portraits the background

to inventive short stories
produced in collaboration with light.

© 2012 Maureen E. Doallas
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In April, in celebration of National Poetry Month, Experiment Station, the blog of The Phillips Collection, issued a call for "found" poems; see "Find Poetry Where You Look For It". I contributed a poem,"Drawing on French Techniques", which I left in the comment section of the post; the poem subsequently was featured in a post at Experiment Station. Later, I decided to try my hand at writing another such poem, this time using words found on this page of the museum's Website. The result is above.

11 comments:

Hannah Stephenson said...

I really like this experiment!

Kathleen said...

Enjoyed both poems and your account of the process!!

nance said...

a good medium for you...

Joseph Hesch said...

Wonderful, Maureen! It's like someone handed you a palette full of colours and said, "Paint me something beautiful." You most certainly did! ~ j

robkistner said...

Fascinating approach to writing a poem, and a very interesting poem Maureen...

Joan Barrett Roberts said...

Finding poetry everywhere!! Loved it!

Brian Miller said...

ha now that is def a cool spin out of the words you found...of course i love blossoms....

Charles Miller said...

Your ability to pull together such random snippets into a whole is pretty amazing. Finding such pieces in the surrounding world is so gratifying, almost like the world itself is composed of language. Nicely done, once again.

Beachanny said...

You may have "found" this poem Maureen, but this is yours. Made so hrough your critical eye, your discernment, your sense of art and artistry - its balance and proportion. The elements of your always elegant poetry are again present here. As with a Geisha, arrangement and presentation are everything.

manicddaily said...

Very clever, and looks also like a lot of fun. I think there is a fair amount of expertise involved - as noted above - the eye of the finder found some of this beauty. K.

S. Etole said...

As you know, I so thoroughly enjoy your poems.