A while ago, I was reading through a book called Poemcrazy by Susan Wooldridge. Though I'm no poet, and have no illusions of being one, I was intrigued by one of the concepts she had: Found Word Poetry.

With this exercise, you take the magazines you've been collecting to read or use one day and chop the heck out of them. Cut out words, phrases, and quotes, and put them in a box. Randomly, you draw these from the box and paste them down in some semblance of order. When you're done, you have a poem (presumably).

Being primarily a visual artist these days, I changed the exercise slightly. I took one magazine, cut out phrases and words, and also pictures, choosing to illustrate the pages, -then- select the words and phrases from the envelope where I had them. I had delusions of doing one of these a day, but needless to say, this isn't happening at this time.

More will be posted by both myself and other participants when my nervousness.org project of the same name returns to me from its journey around the world.


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