Once Upon a Time – Found Poetry

Since this month’s Inspirational Circle was “found art,” I decided to take a shot at writing some found poetry.  I had recently read an article in Entertainment Weekly about the show Once Upon a Time and loved the descriptive words that were used.  With that as my inspirational source, I started to jot down every single word that spoke to me, filling up an entire journal page entry.  It was fun.  I didn’t know where to start, so I started using the words to describe the show itself.  While it’s not one of my deeper poems that I would publish, it was a fun exercise nonetheless.  The next time I attempt to write a found poem, I reckon I will try to use fewer “found words.” 🙂

Portrait of Humanity

Once upon a time,
characters yearned
for happy endings
as they were believers
of childhood fairy tales.

Motivated by love,
boldly hopeful,
they went on a quest
to fulfill their longing,
only to be

They realized humanity
was full of flaws,
tons of drama
and lots of deceit.

by the moral
complexity of life,
they felt cheated and cursed
the narrative
of their childhood
this traditional sentimentality
was far
from the truth.

Life resembled
the acid-tongued soaps on TV
filled with demonic alcoholics
tormented by the repercussions
of their sins, taunted by
the beast within,
about love.

Damsels in distress
don’t find Prince Charming,
but rebels and villains instead.

Over time, their beauty declines,
literally crushing
their sense of identity,
taunted by magic,
incredibly jealous of youth,
a trippier development
reside in the princess’ mind,
resulting in a dark twist
of events, as she tries to tame
the beast
that she has become
and seek redemption
as the anti-hero, who was
blinded by emotion,
simply yearning

For your reference, this was my journal page entry:

found words



Inspirational Circle #9 – Found Art

Remember being given a word, an idea or a theme and using that as inspiration? Remember the excitement that ran through your mind and traveled to your fingertips as your idea came to life?

The Inspirational Circle is back! This month’s theme is “Found Art!” Go find some cool stuff and make a collage or a sculpture. Go walk around the streets and take photos of street art and graffiti, or make a photogram. Go find newspaper scraps and magazines and create a poem from it. Let go of your creative block, and let the Inspirational Circle inspire you. So go ahead and brainstorm brilliant ideas and share them here with your fellow peers on our Facebook Event!

All creative work will be considered – drawing, painting, photography, poetry, prose, mixed media, sculpture, etc. If you post the work of others as inspiration, please cite the original source to give the artist credit. Please spread the word and invite others to join in.

To get you started, here are some links that you can visit:

Street Art Utopia on Facebook has a lot of inspiring art done on the streets all over the world, utilizing the landscape to the fullest aesthetic beauty: http://www.facebook.com/streetartutopia?fref=ts

Etté Studios has beautiful butterfly sculptures composed of found art: http://www.ettestudios.com/2010/02/found-object-art-michele-stitzleins.html

The Broken Doll series has some interesting pieces

And for the writers, here are some ideas on how to write Found Poetry: http://www.creative-writing-now.com/found-poetry.html

Collage work that I previously made in college:



collage box

collage box

Photos taken at the NY MOMA

coke bottle sculpture

Blanket Collage

Chair on the Wall