Archives for category: found poetry

by Liz Worth

Can you remember the details?
That other life,
the last parts alone,
underbreath laugh as
I lost my breakfast.

Here we are, wild
as a nerve slips up.
You birth colors,
red and blonde,
a ghost rally
to spend
twice as much
money on A.

We never came back
to revolutionize the world,
map out a plan of gray,
the book you were giving me.

Did you do those things,
looking for something else?
You’re something strange,
working to know the morning.

SOURCE: “Ghost Rally” by Liz Worth is based on page 418 of a: A Novel by Andy Warhol

IMAGE: “A Set of Six Self-Portraits” by Andy Warhol, oil and silkscreen ink on canvas (1967).


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Liz Worth has created over 400 poems from Andy Warhol‘s book a: A Novel — one from each page in the book — spending over a year on the project, which she completed on May 31, 2014. Check it out at rewritingwarhol.  Worth is the author of  PostApoc (2013), a novel available at  Her other books include Amphetamine Heart and Treat Me Like Dirt: An Oral History of Punk in Toronto and Beyond. She lives in Toronto. Find her at

Author photo by Don Pyle. 

Did you ever purchase a used book and find that it included some underlined passages? This used to annoy me — until today, when I was looking for inspiration and picked up Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut. I flipped open the book to page 41 and found an underlined passage that read like a poem (maybe I was just in the right mood). Here it is:

An underlined passage from Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut (Delta, 1963), page 41

The more truth
we have to work with,
the richer we become.

NOTE: If you’ve found a poem in an underlined passage from a book, send it to, along with the publisher, copyright date, and page number, and a one-paragraph bio, and we may feature it on our blog.


On March 10, 2014, Silver Birch Press released I am the Maker of all sweetened possum: found poetry in Scarlet Sister Mary by james w. moore. Here’s what editors and poets are saying about the full-color, 64-page collection:

“moore enters a dialogue with Peterkin’s text by excising, erasing, and in one case literally stitching words together to create poems whose subjects are as creative and diverse as the methods he employs. moore’s visually rich and lyrically sophisticated poems traverse the traditional boundaries of found poetry and are a significant contribution to the genre.” Jenni B. Baker, Found Poetry Review editor-in-chief 

“moore imagines words in a setting beyond the blank page and gives them a visual context to communicate their truths. The book begins with a warm and friendly commentary, as if you and he are engaged in a conversation about his process. As the book evolves, so does the complexity and creativity of setting for moore’s remix of Peterkin’s words, until we reach the final exultant ‘Heaven.'” Margo Roby, poet

“Within within these pages we are treated to an exotic cross-media journey through the modified pages of Julia Peterkin’s original text. It is rare, if not unique to find such painstaking craft and depth of creative imagination so adeptly and seamlessly married with found poetry as in Scarlet Sister.” Winston Plowes, poet

“moore set out to write poems that sounded like the kind he would write, even while using Julia Peterkin’s words. The poems achieve this intent as a collection that reads neither as a criticism of the original text, nor as a disconnected effort. We get to glimpse Moore’s ‘universe’ through his particular exploration of found poetry, and it is a distinct pleasure.” Beth Ayer, Senior Poetry Editor, Found Poetry Review

Find I am the Maker of all sweetened possum by james w. moore at

A dream maybe.
by james w. moore

She sat close to
the grateful warmth
on the
folded arms
She   her eyes
the dim light
hear a
a baby’s voice.

A dream maybe.

back to her
turned in her
too and she
she heard
What could
it be?

SOURCE: “A dream maybe.” appears in I am the Maker of all sweetened possum: found poetry in Sister Scarlet Mary by james w. moore (Silver Birch Press, 2014), available at

Silver Birch Press is pleased to announce the March 10, 2014 release of I am the Maker of all sweetened possum: found poetry in Scarlet Sister Mary by james w. moore.


I Am the Maker of all sweetened possum is the strangely-capitalized, full-color collection of found poetry by james w. moore. Working from the text of Julia Peterkin’s Scarlet Sister Mary, moore has created visually striking poems that acknowledge their source while making new worlds for Peterkin’s words.

Found poetry is a method of creating poems from already existing work; moore’s found poetry acknowledges its source material by creating the poem directly out of a page of text. His work strives to stand out in words and in the visual remaining on the page. Using exacto knives, whiteout, markers, paint, and even cross-stitch, moore’s work has a homemade feel that reflects the source text. In the introduction, he says, “there’s a handmade quality to Scarlet Sister Mary. seemingly every interaction happens while someone is making food, or mending garments, or picking crops. i strove to reflect that tactile feeling in my work. i wanted each piece to feel like you can see the marks left behind.”

james w. moore took part in Found Poetry Review‘s 2013 National Poetry Month initiative — The Pulitzer Remix — where 85 poets each selected a Pulitzer prize winning work of fiction and created a poem for each day of the month. This collection rounds up poems that were created as part of the Pulitzer Remix.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: james w. moore is a writer of poetry, plays, and short stories. his poetry has appeared in the Found Poetry Review, the Silver Birch Press Noir Erasure Poetry Anthology, the Houston Chronicle and on Vermont Edition. five of his full-length plays have received world premieres, including original works such as cart (which American Theatre magazine called “a wonderfully surreal comedy”), and adaptations of Robin Hood and Rapunzel for the Northwest Children’s Theater. he was twice awarded residencies at Caldera Arts, and his one act play Ubu’s Last Krapp was featured as part of the End of the Pavement series. his work has been performed in Chicago (SOLO Festival), Seattle (On the Boards), Portland (Oregon—PICA’s TBA Festival and JAW), and in Burlington, Vermont. he currently lives and creates in Winooski, Vermont. For more about james, visit the author’s blog.

BOOK DETAILS: 64 pages, full color (5.5 x 8.5″)