Friday, September 04, 2015

Found Poem in The Scarlet Letter

Our poetry project for this month, cats and kittens, is to create a "Found Poem". This type of poem is drawn from text you find, or stumble over, in any context, that strikes you as rich in potential. Sometimes one can find irony, or humor, or surprising wisdom. Sometimes it's just fun.

I happened to run across an old copy of Norton's Anthology of American Literature, vol. 1 on the library Free Book Shelf, just in time for this project. It made me nostalgic for my undergrad days, with all those hours bent over onion skin pages, highlighter at the ready. I knew I would find something rich there.

The Scarlet Letter. A story I have always felt connection to, and always puzzled over. It's such a painful story, and one in which I want to find more beauty and grace. Perfect for re-working into a Found Poem! If you will pardon me, Mr. Hawthorne, for changing everything... Just imagine the story taken up and shaken hard, till all the judgement, condemnation, shame, and pain fall out...

- Andromeda Jazmon

My Poetry Sisters are also writing Found Poems this month, and you can find them at their blogs:

Sara
Laura
Trisha
Kelly
Liz
Tanita

The lovely Laura has created a Padlet  (a kind of online bulletin board free-for-all) for us as well, where we have posted our poems and where you, dear reader, can add your own if you like! Go ahead and try it out! Then don't forget to visit the Friday Poetry Round up at TeacherDance. Enjoy!

11 comments:

Tabatha said...

Loved this: "Just imagine the story taken up and shaken hard, till all the judgement, condemnation, shame, and pain fall out..." What a great thing to find in your poetry! (Also, thanks for calling us "cats and kittens" :-))

laurasalas said...

I love this: "Just imagine the story taken up and shaken hard, till all the judgement, condemnation, shame, and pain fall out..." What another beautiful skill of found poems--to allow us to rewrite the world someone else created and make it over into something we ourselves find beautiful. This is wonderful, Andi!

tanita✿davis said...

Ah, my Norton anthologies have had so many fine uses! Mainly as paperweights and shelf-holders lately, but now I'm inspired to get it out again. You did a BEAUTIFUL job with this. I feel like you really get this form!

Tricia said...

I adore The Scarlet Letter and am moved by the direction you took this poem. I love how you've placed your found words over the actual text. This is lovely and moving.

Sara said...

Oh, my! I don't know which I like more: your exquisite poem or your preface to it "Just imagine the story taken up and shaken hard, till all the judgement, condemnation, shame, and pain fall out..." You could do that do many a thing, in my opinion---we shall call you The Shaker.

Linda Baie said...

It seems that each one reading loves your early thoughts of shaking out the "judgement, condemnation, shame, and pain", and I do too, Andi. I also love the creative way you presented it right on the page, enticing to see and to read. Thanks, love the Padlet idea.

Andromeda Jazmon Sibley said...

Thanks so much, friends, for your encouragement. I was struggling with how to do this one, and I'm glad it finally came together! By the end it made me want to do more... 😊

Buffy Silverman said...

What wonderful shaking you've done! And yes, I love how you presented your poem boldly over the source text. (I feel like saying Take that Nathaniel, but maybe that's not necessary.)

Kelly Fineman said...

Exquisite, Andi.

Mary Lee said...

I love your poem, but also the way it turns the original on its ear! Good work!

katswhiskers said...

This is beautifully captured in words - but I also love the way you've presented it, with the original text fully visible but in no way distracting, behind. Lovely work!