April is National Poetry Month! Last year, we explored connections between poetry and our permanent collection. This year, we’re asking you to pick up a pen and create your own found poem.
Found poetry is the practice of taking words and phrases from a selected existing text and rearranging them into a poem. Using our museum, select your source for words. You could use exhibition wall text, labels under paintings throughout the galleries, the text in our welcome brochure, our website, even the blog. You must find all words in your source, even the little ones like “a”, “and”, and “the”. Your poem can be short, like a haiku, long, as in epic, or anything in between. Submit your poems in the comments section below, tell us where your words came from, and some of our favorites will be made in to blog posts.
For more on found poetry, see the Found Poetry Project and the New York Times‘s 3rd Annual Found Poem Student Contest.
Drawing on French Techniques
The impulse gave way
with the barest of means
during the late break
away, the marks a compelling glimpse
into the expressive potential
of intimate rhythms
realized in the fleeting freshness
of bold gestures and interior geometries.
~ Maureen E. Doallas
All words for this found poem were taken from this museum Web page:
Silhouetted planets riff
on the moonlit mood
The perpetual rotation forces spatial
perception above sunrise,
nightfall paying homage to
a weightless architecture
Maintaining balance activates fragmented
organic objects and extends ecliptic practices
The ethereal glow of three-dimensional
spaces filters the monumental skies,
evoking the first outdoor sculpture
inspired by science
All words for this Found Poem taken from: http://www.phillipscollection.org/exhibitions/intersections/index.aspx
Britton- I love how you made all of these very different projects seem so beautifully cohesive by dipping into the language that describes them.
Art transported me to space…where I, an unnoticed speck taking it all in, eventually returned to earth seamlessly–finding myself back in the museum staring at a giant, seemingly weightless installation. What a lovely experience. Thank you.
Content content content.
Informed people are free.
text taken from this webpage: http://www.phillipscollection.org/press/rss/index.aspx