Found Poetry

While practicing a new Zentangle pattern, a thought came to me about the Intro to Poetry class. While taking it, I skipped over the Found Poetry suggestion. I remember I had to learn more about what Found Poetry is, and that I wasn’t quite ready to tackle it. 

The topic kept intruding into my thoughts as I proceeded to today’s tangle. While drawing, it occurred to me that I could select a handful of phrases from a book I’m currently reading (well, re-reading). I picked up my tablet and started jotting down phrases as I came to them. At the end of the chapter, I looked at my selection and began rearranging the phrases, tossing aside those that didn’t seem to fit. Using only the selected phrases (from pages 52-54 of Charles Stross’s The Jennifer Morgue), here is what I came up with.


“Tell me you’re joking.”

I paused at the door. 

“I didn’t ask for this.”

I try to catch Boris’s eye.

He carefully picks up his dead laptop.

It’s still running.

Ramona is still sitting.

“If I let you go…”

She’s daydreaming about someone else.

She picks up her evening bag

and departs in a snit.

She slams the door shut.

It brings tears to my eyes.

I’m still stuck here.


Enjoy your writing! 


Happy tangling! 


About DrEMiller

Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT). Home: Sint Maarten. K-12 teacher for 13 years (Special Education for 10 years); Post-secondary educator since 2002; Education consulting since 1995. When teaching, held teaching certificates in K-12 special education, reading specialist; and secondary social studies. Doctorate: Educational Psychology Programmer/analyst for 10 years, including project management and training of corporate execs.
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