Poems · The Writing Process

A Man Goes (found poem)

I recently started a FutureLearn course called “Making a Poem (highly recommended, by the way) and I’m learning about “found” poetry. It’s about gathering language from around you and making something new from it.

Here are a few ideas for sources:

  • The Internet
  • TV or radio
  • Newspaper
  • Street signs
  • Advertisements
  • Songs
  • Instruction books or recipes
  • Graffiti
  • Grocery lists
  • Other poems
  • Menus
  • Magazines
  • Product packaging
  • Overheard speech.

You get the idea… It’s about creating a word collage – something new out of existing language. And it’s ideal for newbies to poetry like me.

Angélica Freitas has written a found poem called “a woman goes“, made entirely by collecting and collating suggestions from a Google search. I found it powerful and shocking… and it sent me to Google to discover what comes up for “a man goes”. Would it be as patronising, as disparaging, as dictatorial?

See for yourself.

A Man Goes
by Amanda Fairchild
(found poem after Angélica Freitas)

A man goes hard for what he wants
A man begins with certainties
A man goes mad after watching england v france
A man goes to war

A man is going to a party
A man begins to fall in love
A man goes to a restaurant and orders albatross
A man is going to propose

A man begins pushing a lawnmower
A man goes to the hardware store
A man goes from Mumbai to Pune at a speed of 4 km/hr
A man feels tempted to cheat

A man is going through midlife crisis
A man begins to lose interest
A man goes to heaven and sees a long line
A man is going off you.

 


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