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found poetry

lesson plan
by

Caroline Scerbin

on 19 September 2015

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Transcript of found poetry

...it is the literary equivalent of collage
Found Poetry
WORDS OR PHRASES OR LINES OR SENTENCES FROM ONE OR MORE WRITTEN SOURCES PUT INTO A POEM
...or a treasure hunt
WHAT IS FIGURATIVE LANGUAGE?
First, let's review...
WHAT WILL INSPIRE US?
Where do we start?
Figurative language is a word or phrase that departs from everyday literal language for the sake of comparison, emphasis, clarity, or freshness.
So, who cares, really?
WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE?
Let's make one together:
The reason we can use our hands for so many things is their extraordinary anatomy. Underneath the skin, hands are an exquisite integrations of tissues. The thumb alone is controlled by nine separate muscles. Some are anchored to bones within the hand, while others snake their way to the arm. The wrist is a floating cluster of bones and ligaments threaded with blood vessels and nerves. The nerves send branches into each fingertip. The hand can generate fine forces or huge ones. A watchmaker can use his hands to set springs in place under a microscope. A pitcher can use the same anatomy to throw a ball at a hundred miles an hour.
(The Common Hand,
National Geographic, 5/12)
choose a topic...
Where do we find these poems anyway?
open your eyes, search, find and read...
write down (or cut out, or highlight) words or phrases or sentences that will help you to illustrate your topic...
look for concrete words, nouns and verbs that are evocative
interpret and summarize from your own perspective
combine, reorganize and create, reduce and edit...
consider repetition, punctuation and line structure
remember the figurative language!
The
reason
we can use our hands for so many things is their
extraordinary anatomy
.
Underneath the skin
, hands are an
exquisite integrations of tissues
. The
thumb alone
is controlled by nine separate
muscles
. Some are
anchored to bones
within the hand, while others
snake their way
to the arm. The
wrist

is a floating cluster
of
bones and ligaments

threaded with
blood
vessels and nerves
. The nerves
send branches into
each fingertip. The
hand can generate fine forces or huge ones
. A
watchmaker
can use his hands to
set springs in place under a microscope
. A pitcher can use the same anatomy to
throw a ball
at a
hundred miles an hour
.
reason extraordinary anatomy underneath the skin exquisite integrations of tissues thumb alone muscles anchored to bones snake their way wrist is a floating cluster bones and ligaments threaded with vessels and nerves send branches into hand can generate fine forces or huge ones watchmaker set springs in place under a microscope throw a ball a hundred miles an hour
exquisite extraordinary hand

reason throws
underneath threaded thumb
integrations:
tissues, clusters, muscles, vessels,
nerves a snake,
set springs,
ligaments generate huge and
fine forces
floating branches, bones anchored

alone
under a microscope
hundred hour hand
My mother prepared
A certain meal
To welcome me home.
We would eat in the kitchen
Table brimming
Kalbi, leaf lettuce to wrap the meat
Garlicky clam broth with miso and tofu and fresh spinach
Shavings of cod
Scallion and pepper pancakes
Chilled steamed shrimp
Steamed rice.
The old flavors I knew
Beautiful, salt, sweet, excellent.
I wish I had paid more attention.
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