Liquid Topaz: Fun with Found Poems

"Liquid Topaz, page 49," 5x7inches, mixed media, copyright 2011 Shelley M. House.

What I like best about creating “found poems” is making up my own rules. It becomes a game — alliteration, rhyme, cadence. By restricting myself to the words on one page, I find myself combining words in unexpected ways.

Found poems are the literary equivalent of collage. Words are “found,” then rearranged into new poems, creating new meaning.

The poems I’ve created so far in my Liquid Topaz altered book project are considered “pure” found poems, since I haven’t added any words that aren’t already on the page. I often use images from these short poems as inspiration for further writing.

strong dawn,
turn
hot diamond

— this is the poem from Liquid Topaz, page 49. It’s a bit cryptic, which leaves a lot of room for the reader’s imagination.

"Liquid Topaz, page 49" in progress. Page 47 becomes the stencil.

"Liquid Topaz, page 49" in progress. This project goes everywhere with me.

"Liquid Topaz, page 49," detail. Copyright 2011 Shelley M. House.

Have I mentioned how much fun altered books are?

Other blogs in this series:
One Page at a Time: My Altered Book Experience
Liquid Topaz: The Story Begins
Liquid Topaz: What I Learned Today
Liquid Topaz: Flowing Organically
Liquid Topaz: Art on the Run
Liquid Topaz: Useful Sounds
Liquid Topaz: Golden Polka-Dots
Liquid Topaz: The Art of Discovery
Liquid Topaz: Fire of Life
Liquid Topaz: Now she feels it
Liquid Topaz: Searching for Words

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3 Responses to “Liquid Topaz: Fun with Found Poems”

  1. Zachary Jean Says:

    I love this! The steps are all simple but the outcome is fascinating and complex with layers. Bravo!


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