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Two found poems for Poetry Friday

Whereby I cheat on this particular project with my poetry sisters and use an old poem I've got lying about. In part because I have had energy issues this past month and have been pretty flatlined this week, and in part because I don't actually believe in found poems, since I worry about copyright issues and more. (You can read past posts on them by clicking the "found poems" link to the right, if you'd like.)

Anyhoo . . . here are two, both made from Beatles' titles. And I really believe the first one with all my heart right now, too:

by Kelly Ramsdell Fineman

I am so tired.
I believe
I will
do it in the road.

Fab Four Found Poem
by Kelly Ramsdell Fineman

Do you want to know a secret?
I want to tell you.

While my guitar gently weeps,
and your bird can sing
for no one.
I've got a feeling:

You won't see me
here, there and everywhere.
There's a place--
a beginning --
the long and winding road --
If I needed someone,
oh! darling,
step inside
through the bathroom window.

Please. Please?

P.S. I love you.

Here are the links to my lovely poetry sisters:

Sara Lewis Holmes
Andromeda Jazmon
Tanita Davis
Laura Purdie Salas
Tricia Stohr-Hunt
Liz Garton Scanlon

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Tricia Stohr-Hunt
Sep. 4th, 2015 02:02 am (UTC)
I did a good bit of research about copyright issues and poetry in April when I did my series on poetic forms. I recommend The Code of Best Practices In Fair Use For Poetry. Here's an excerpt from the section on new works (which includes centos, erasure, "found" material, and more).

PRINCIPLE: Under fair use, a poet may make use of quotations from existing poetry,
literary prose, and non-literary material, if these quotations are re-presented in poetic
forms that add value through significant imaginative or intellectual transformation,
whether direct or (as in the case of poetry-generating software) indirect.

I feel fairly confident that regardless of the source, if the poem is a transformation, it's okay under the law.

Now that that's out of the way, I should tell you I sang my way through your second poem. And the first one made me yawn.

Here's to many good nights sleep and restful days for you.

Edited at 2015-09-04 02:04 am (UTC)
Tricia Stohr-Hunt
Sep. 4th, 2015 02:05 am (UTC)
Here's the link to the document if you want to read more.
Sep. 4th, 2015 07:06 pm (UTC)
I knew that, but still had issues with it - in part because of a discussion I once had with Lee Bennett Hopkins about them - he was adamantly opposed. I went with song titles because titles aren't actually copyrightable.

And thanks!!
Tricia Stohr-Hunt
Sep. 4th, 2015 07:26 pm (UTC)
Ooh ... I would have loved to hear that conversation with Lee. We must discuss some time. I'd love to know the source of his opposition.
Linda Baie
Sep. 4th, 2015 04:35 am (UTC)
I am glad that Tricia cleared the copyright issue up, at least for today, Kelly. I'm sorry for the health problems, hope you are better very soon. Will you be offended if I say "I want to hold your hand."? I am assuming that you and your poetry sisters are doing "found" poems this time, and considering the recent "new" interest in the Fab Four, your poems are timely, and connecting, to you in your need, to us in our need for nostalgia.
Sep. 4th, 2015 07:07 pm (UTC)
Re: cheers!
Love the hand-holding offer! LOL!

Thanks, Linda!!
Sep. 4th, 2015 01:58 pm (UTC)
Hehehe, in my post, I linked to the column I wrote on Found Poems back when you and I were alternating months writing for the Kids Writer Magazine. Remember that? And in it, I mention your feeling about found poems. That said--Oh! I love that cento. Fabulous!

And I'm sorry you've been laid low with health issues. Hugs and healthy days soon. xoxox, Laura
Sep. 4th, 2015 07:07 pm (UTC)
I do remember that! And thank you for the kind words and good wishes!
TS Davis
Sep. 4th, 2015 02:17 pm (UTC)
While My Guitar Gently Weeps...
I think I might lie in the road next to you. Whew.
That Beatles poem of yours is today's fave! I think we'll consider it "found" in a file. That works.

Rest up, chickie!
Sep. 4th, 2015 07:08 pm (UTC)
Re: While My Guitar Gently Weeps...
Thanks, T!
Sep. 4th, 2015 05:13 pm (UTC)
Very clever, both of them! (They made me think of Kevin, too. *sigh*)
Sep. 4th, 2015 07:08 pm (UTC)
They made me think of Kevin, too - I shared them both with him back when I wrote them.
Sara Lewis Holmes
Sep. 4th, 2015 05:22 pm (UTC)
These are awesome, Kelly. I hadn't seen them before, so "finding" them now is a total gift for me, at least!

P.S. Sleeping in the road reminds me of my daughter who never napped until she was so tired she slid into her dinner plate (we had to quickly remove it and let her collapse to the carpet for short lie-down or else she would wake and fall apart in her tiredness.) I hope you re-gain energy soon.
Sep. 4th, 2015 07:09 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Sara!

The story about your daughter cracked me up. I'm sure I'll be fine again soon - I think it's the coming change of seasons, or the current weather, or somesuch that is causing my issues. Thanks!
Sep. 4th, 2015 09:33 pm (UTC)
Love them! Thanks for sharing them with us.
Sep. 4th, 2015 10:47 pm (UTC)
You are welcome!
Mary Lee Hahn
Sep. 5th, 2015 07:26 pm (UTC)
Found is found, whether they are your words or someone else's!

Have you seen Austin Kleon's newspaper popout poems?

Now I'm off to take a nap, inspire by your first one!
Sep. 7th, 2015 05:35 pm (UTC)
Those popout poems are great, and a variant on blackout poems (which don't make me worry about copyright issues because so few words are chosen, it's more like a word bank - some found poems use whole sentences or paragraphs, though, which is where the real issue arises for me.

Hope you had a good nap!!
Sep. 5th, 2015 10:17 pm (UTC)
Finding Your Voice
Interesting to read all the discussions about copyright - across the different blogs. I guess I've always looked on a found poem as a palette of words that you dip from to paint your own poem... and since the poet takes so little, often on a completely different theme to the original transcript... I wasn't concerned. (I love the challenge that comes from a limited word bank - and even more fun is when a group of writers work from the same source... yet each writer finds their own voice.)

As a teacher, I've often thought that found poems (especially blackout poetry) would be a fantabulous way to summarise a portion of text - for science/history, etc. Surely the creativity of the exercise would tap into a different portion of the brain, and enhance memory and understanding... You think?

I love the effortless, exquisite read of your second poem. And wish you rest and recovery from your first.

KatApel (katswhiskers)
Sep. 7th, 2015 05:33 pm (UTC)
Re: Finding Your Voice
Blackout poetry doesn't bother me nearly as much, since it's usually just individual words, but other "found poetry" sometimes relies on swaths of words in order, which is where the copyright issue arises.

I think that kids really love the blackout poetry activities, though. And thanks!
Sep. 6th, 2015 03:11 am (UTC)
Your sleep poem speaks to my heart as well. Hope you feel better.
Sep. 7th, 2015 05:34 pm (UTC)
Thank you - and I hope you get some sleep too!
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