Found Poetry + a Giveaway

Please read this giveaway's rules carefully before posting a comment. (They differ from previous giveaways.)

Have you ever found a poem?  I’m not talking about something with stanzas, line breaks, and the other traditional things that typically make a poem a poem.  I’m talking about finding something poetic in ordinary prose, on a street sign, in an advertisement, or even inside of a fortune cookie.  The Arrow Finds Its Mark: A Book of Found Poems debuted on Tuesday.  It’s a wonderful collection of found poetry edited by Georgia Heard and illustrated by Antoine Guilloppe.

This book will inspire you and your students to comb the world around you for poems you can claim as found poetry.  Take a look at three examples from the The Arrow Finds Its Mark for some (initial) inspiration:

“Find a Poem”: Copyright © Georgia Heard. Used by permission of the publisher.

“Nicknames in the NBA”: Copyright © 2012 by J. Patrick Lewis. Reprinted by permission of Curtis Brown, Ltd. All rights reserved. Used by permission of the publisher.

“They Don’t Want Speeding Tickets, So . . .”: Copyright © Laura Purdie Salas. Used by permission of the author and publisher.

While I believe a love of poetry should be instilled in children year-round, it’s challenging for many teachers to fit poetry into their curriculum outside of the month of April, also known as National Poetry Month.   Therefore, if you’re gearing up for a month-long poetry study, then The Arrow Finds Its Mark: A Book of Found Poems is a book you should consider adding to your classroom’s poetry resources.

Giveaway Information/Rules:

  • A special thank you to Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group for sponsoring a giveaway of one copy of The Arrow Finds Its Mark: A Book of Found Poems for one of our readers.

  • To win a copy of the book please leave a comment about any experience you’ve had with finding a poem.  If you’ve never found a poem before or are just learning about found poetry for the first time, then explain how you might use one or more of the poems above to help you find a poem going-forward.

    • Please leave your comment in the comments section of this post by Sunday, April 8th, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. EDT. A random drawing will take place on Tuesday, April 10th and the winner’s name will be announced in a blog post later that day.

  • Please be sure to leave a valid e-mail address when you post your comment so I can contact you to obtain your mailing address and have my contact at Macmillan send the book out to you.  Please note: Your e-mail address will not be published online.