Poetry from Prose.

Monday, August 6, 2012

At my college, creative writing majors had to choose between one of two concentrations: fiction or poetry. I chose fiction, but was always curious about trying my hand at poetry. A few years later, I attended a workshop in New York and read a poem (which I had written that morning) to a group of ten or fifteen writers. It was such a rush, and afterward, I vowed to write poetry more often - sadly, I haven't written a single stanza since. 

Artist Nina Katchadourian's poetry, constructed using the words written on the spines of books, has me thinking about starting again. Such a cool and creative idea.


See more at Nina Katchadourian's website, here. Have a wonderful Monday!

11 comments:

Quindome said...

I love this idea! I wonder how much time she must spend looking for used books to construct her work... That's dedication!

mar.seaglass said...

What an awesome repurpose!

hrz said...

This is a smart idea. I'll have to show this to my students when we do our poetry unit. Good connection to art and maybe something they can actually reproduce too. Like a found poem at the library!!! And just as I've been writing fiction, you too should get back into the poetry game. Or maybe flash fiction, or prose poetry, or... we'll have to make up another quasi-genre name.

hannah margaret said...

What a wonderful and creative idea. Great find. I, too, need to focus on poetry more. However, I always seem to find something better to do. I'm going to make more time for it.

Shoko said...

Hauna, I've always loved flash fiction. One of these days I'll make the time! :)

Hannah Brandt said...

That is so dang creative, I love it! :)

Pink Ronnie said...

Would love to read one of your poems, Shoko.
Ronnie xo

Shoko said...

Thanks, Ronnie - I'll try to work up the courage to share :)

Panda Head said...

ha! super cool. i love art involving words; tangentially jenny holzer came to mind when looking at these.

Shoko said...

Morgan, just googled her - awesome!

Nicole said...

I love this idea! The poems are now visual art, too. Amazing. Your post reminds me of a similar experience I had in a creative writing class. The professor asked me to read my poem to the class and I was surprised by how nervous yet excited I was to share it. Thanks for bringing back that memory!

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