Found Poetry

Found poetry is a type of poetry created by taking words, phrases, and sometimes whole passages from other sources and reframing them by changing spacing and lines or by adding or deleting text, thus imparting new meaning.

Found Poetry
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#1 Perspectives

This day has gone by,
Like so many more,
In the sordid, familiarity of the place,
Rising up from black and white smoke,
Everything seems to wither in the bud.

“Look through the wrong end of the opera glasses,”
What did you learn of the small buds?
Little red flames, beautiful red flames, rather,
With rising white and black smoke,
It is magic within the dark air.

If one jumps over the edge,
One is bound to land somewhere,
Smashing the old,
And let fly.

Looking through the wrong end of the opera glasses,
We might begin to see new truths.

Source : A remix composed of several lines or phrases, picked at random from chapters 1, 3 and 5 from the collection “Women in Love” written by D.H Lawrence.

#2 Every Other Day

A thousand splendid suns,
Will shine on me.
I can hear the birdsong, obeying my mood,
Like the keys on my laptop;
Tomorrow, I will be the God of small things.

I am a courtier in my palace of illusions.
In the vast city of djinns,
I go,
From dead to worse.
Things fall apart.

Type: Book Cento Poem
Sources: A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khalid Hosseini, Birdsong by Sebastic Faulks, The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy, The Palace of Illusions by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, City of Djinns by William Dalyrmple, Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe and From Dead to Worse by Charlaine Harris.


Shreya Taneja

Poetry for Shreya is about taking time off from the mundane to reflect on the wonder and mysteries of life in an unhurried manner. Each poem in this small collection is written with passion and is a labour of love. She has completed her M.Phil in English Literature from Delhi University. A few of her poems have been published in journals (both in print as well as online). She has also published a novel on Amazon (Kindle).


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