Hope, Georgia, & Chickens in 2010
Photo by Elizabeth Pellette
Students - This is a found poem. This means that I did not come up with these words on my own, but rather, I found them, tossed a few, and formed them in a poem shape. Poets.org calls a found poem "the literary equivalent of a collage," and I think that's a perfect way to describe this form. You can read more about found poems at Poets.org.
Here is the passage from which I rearranged the poem, "Chicken." It's from page 29 in YOUR CHICKENS, by Gail Damerow. You can see that I kept almost all of the words, only losing a few that felt like fillers for a poem.
The expressions "playing chicken" and "don't be such a chicken" come from peck-order squabbles. When two evenly matched birds try to decide which one is higher in rank, they may face each other and remain motionless for several minutes. The one who turns away first loses.
Speaking of found poems, my found poem "Artist's Advice" will appear in Georgia Heard's new book of found poems, THE ARROW FINDS ITS MARK. I can't wait to see it.
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