Found Poem

I’m nursing a cold today and have very little energy, but I did manage to create a found poem by cutting up lines and words from other poems to create this new one.  Whenever I feel my inspiration waning (or everything is waning b/c I am sick), I step into the creative process with a little help: I steal words!  I then re-arrange them, put them in different contexts, and voila, a new poem!

So go ahead, cut up the newspaper, poems, National Geographic.  Create something new and surprising — create something that you don’t quite understand yet.

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About Courtney Putnam

I first came to healing work through art and writing. Creating collage art and poetry in particular allowed me to deeply understand the benefit of self-expression in the healing process. But, I also began to see the benefit of bodywork (manual work in the form of massage and energywork in the form of Reiki) as keys to unlocking the emotional stresses we hold in our bodies. I became a Reiki practitioner in 2002, received an MFA in Creative Writing in 2003, received my massage license in the spring of 2006, and became a Reiki Master in 2010. In my practice I bring together these three areas -- the body, the mind, and the spirit (or energy body) -- so others may experience profound and positive change in their lives.
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2 Responses to Found Poem

  1. This is absolutely lovely, Courtney! I didn’t realize one could do this. So much better even than the magnet poems because your sources are infinite.

  2. Thank you, Laila! Yes, cut words up and create your very own found poem. It’s actually quite freeing!
    peace,
    Courtney

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