Poems in the Attic is a found poetry challenge I’m participating in to celebrate national poetry month.
Before I got into this, I’d never written a poem before. I mean ever. And to be honest…I thought poetry was kind of stupid. I thought it was some mushy-gushy sad girl shit that attracted lonely 13 year old girls and 80 year old women. In short, I didn’t think that poetry was for me because, well, I’m not a terribly emotional person.
But, because I’ve become more self aware in recent years, I’ve learned that often when I don’t like something, it’s because I don’t know fucking anything about it. So when a call for #NaPoWriMo came across my Twitter with the challenge to write 30 poems in 30 days, I thought “Eh, why the fuck not?”
The POEMING is a found poem project, meaning that I’m using a source text (Flowers in the Attic by VC Andrews) to create new poems. I’d never heard of this “literary collage” idea, and it intrigued me. As a kid I always loved making collages out of magazines…why couldn’t I make a collage of words?
So, I signed up. And to be honest, up until April 1st, I didn’t think I was actually going to participate. But last Sunday I sat down at my keyboard and typed out a poem, and changed my life.
Turns out I fucking love poetry.
Yup. I love everything about this medium. I love the way it forces me to be concise. I love how insanely creative and challenging it is. And I love found poetry because it gives me a limited amount of choices.
I’ll probably write more about my journey in some blogs, but this page is meant to share some of my poems with you.
But, if you’d like to follow along in real time, you can see my Tumblr page for the project here.