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prompt 190 Holiday Found Poetry

December 18, 2013

Anyone find any stories or prose that appealed to them last week?  Something that smelled of pumpkin and pine?  This week’s prompt is holiday found poetry.  There are different Types of Found Poetry.  I’m focusing on two, but feel free to try your hand at others.  Write as the holiday spirit guides you; any form is good.

Erasure: Poets take an existing source (usually limited to one or a few pages) and erase the majority of the text, leaving behind select words and phrases that, when read in order, compose the poem.

Cut-up: Poets physically cut or tear up a text into words and phrases, then create a poem by rearranging those strips. Arrangement may be intentional or haphazard. Read more about the cut-up method of composition.

(from FPR)

If you found a text you like, use it to create a holiday erasure/cut-up poem.  If you did not find anything or had no time to look, I’ve included links to stories below.  There are also links to information on and examples of found poetry.  Finally there is also a site for creating erasure poems (very cool site).  They offer no holiday texts, but the site is worth looking at.

Holiday Short Stories and More Stories  and maybe some old seasonal cards for a cut-up poem

Found Poetry, WWP Found Poetry Prompt

Examples of Erasure poems:  Remembering, I Should Follow, Finding Poetry

Examples of Found poems:  a stone a day, beginning, Found Grocery List Poems

site to create Erasure Poetry (not holiday stories, but you never know what you’ll find in the text)

  1. December 19, 2013 3:13 am

    I just did a Cento using the Red Wolf Anthology, so I’ll share that for now and work on another holiday themed one later today.

  2. December 19, 2013 5:46 am

    Thank you, Yousei for the ton of info here. Might find time over the weekend to do more ‘grazing’.

    During the week time is just at a premium now with two grandchildren occupying most of the daylight hours 🙂

    • December 19, 2013 5:51 am

      No worries. Grandchildren should always take top priority, even more so at this time of year. Happiest of holidays to you and yours.

  3. December 19, 2013 8:21 am

    Here’s mine. Text was holiday: Poem, sorta

  4. December 19, 2013 2:16 pm

    Here’s mine. I took two Christmas poems and laced them together.

  5. December 20, 2013 3:53 am

    Did a cut-up of all the poems in the Red Wolf anthology


  6. December 20, 2013 8:55 am

    This was fun! Time for a little “Solstice Magic”:


  7. December 20, 2013 1:32 pm

    Sorry I haven’t contributed to recent posts – I always feel uncomfortable with messing about with other people’s words. That doesn’t stop me reading, though.

  8. December 20, 2013 4:36 pm

    Mine isn’t directly about holidays, but I tried to write it a little like a holiday legend. Not sure if it worked. It went in all directions. It was fun, though! 🙂

  9. December 23, 2013 7:21 am

    Here’s mine:


  10. December 23, 2013 9:32 am

    Bonus! Another poem, a cento from the Red Wolf Anthology:


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