Welcome to Poetry Friday. This week Molly at Nix the Comfort Zone is hosting and her post on winter trees has my heart. I agree they are mesmerizing.
Today I'm sharing a found poem by Moe Phillips. Moe is a poetry friend. We've taken classes together and shared poems in a couple of books edited by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong(Pomelo Books). She's also been published by The Dirigible Balloon in Chasing Clouds edited by Jonathan Humble. These are just a few places that Moe's been published.
Moe is the ingenious creator of The Feisty Beast.
We have been chatting about the idea of found poetry using the "Classics" and how fun it would be to invite others to find a found poem within the pages of their favorite classic. Today I am sharing Moe Phillips found poem.
From Moby Dick- Chapter One “Loomings” -Herman Melville
Deep into distant woodlands winds a mazy way.
Mountains bathed in their hill-side blue,
like a snow hill in the air.
The great floodgates of the wonder-world swung open.
You wade knee-deep among Tiger-lilies.
And there they stand- miles of them.
Take almost any path you please.
Feel such a mystical vibration.
Like a grasshopper in a May meadow.
There is magic in it.
Surely all this is not without meaning.
©, 2023 Moe Phillips
On April 14, 2023, I will be hosting Poetry Friday. I would like to make it a Classic Found Poetry theme. You're invited to find a classic and create a found poem from its pages. I am listening and rereading Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte for my found poem. I will create a pallet for us to put our poems on. I hope you'll be inspired and join Moe and me in creating a Classic Found Poetry Palooza.
2/17/2023 04:02:42 am
Thanks for sharing Moe's wonderful poem, Jone. (I recently met Moe at Highlights). Your poetry project sounds intriguing. I appreciate the invitation.
2/17/2023 04:31:52 am
Thank you Rose!
2/17/2023 05:45:07 am
When I teach about found poetry I remind writers that choosing rich source material is key--and what better than a classic novel? Moe always inspires, doesn't she? Thanks, Jone. xo
2/17/2023 06:04:12 am
Thank you Irene. I am truly touched by that. It is such a fun way to play with words and oh the words you get to play with!
2/17/2023 08:34:11 am
Herman Melville is just marvelous, especially when edited, ha! Thanks, Moe!
2/17/2023 08:47:19 am
2/20/2023 10:28:22 am
Thank you so much Denise! I can't wait to see what you come up with :)
2/17/2023 08:54:44 am
Thanks for the invitation, Jone and Moe, and for Moe's wonderful poem, a delight Imagining "Like a grasshopper in a May meadow",
2/18/2023 05:10:35 pm
Thank you Linda! The opening of the book really starts in Manhattan and then Ishmael starts heading north to get to the whaling towns.
Janet Clare F.
2/17/2023 10:09:08 am
I love your rich poem, Moe. So lyrical, meaningfully found. I would love to participate, Jone. For Found Poems, do you keep the words in the sequence they appear in the original, or do you sometimes rearrange as/if needed? I know there are some variations....Thanks, Jone and Moe.
2/17/2023 10:30:02 am
thank you Janet. I don't know the rules.. I pulled this from one page of the book. It was so much fun to do. It came out a bit wacky but oh the source material is so rich. I did not re arrange. Just pulled and assembled the poem as it seemed to make sense to me.
2/21/2023 04:53:07 am
Thank you so much Janet! I really appreciated your kind words !
2/17/2023 01:40:04 pm
Thank you Linda = these are so fun for me to do! Certainly when I'm poking around to write and not much is coming my way!
2/17/2023 01:53:04 pm
I enjoyed Moe's found poem (much better than my attempt at reading Moby Dick). I'm looking forward to trying out a Classic Found Poem!
2/18/2023 04:44:16 am
THIS is a very cool idea! Putting the 14th on my calendar and thinking already of what classic I want to plunder for my poem...Moe-by's example is very inspiring!
2/21/2023 04:54:20 am
Haha! Good one Heidi! Enjoy your poem hunting!
2/18/2023 05:16:40 am
I am ASTONISHED that this poem is inside Moby Dick. I just finished The Odyssey. Maybe I'll be able to find a poem inside the poem.
2/18/2023 08:21:54 am
I love found poetry and enjoyed Moe's poem. Love your idea for your April hosting, Jone!
2/18/2023 12:56:18 pm
Moe's poems are all so magical. I love the fact that Moby Dick is transported to the hillside!
2/18/2023 05:11:50 pm
Thank you Janice. It's a favorite book of mine and much of it goes over my head but I find the language just beautiful.
2/19/2023 04:47:41 pm
Jone, Moe and your idea to create a padlet of found poems from the classics is going to be fun. Moe's poem shares the marvelous imagery in Moby Dick. I had fun looking through a list of 100 classics to see how many I did read. I will join the Classic Found Poetry Palooza.
2/22/2023 07:25:35 am
Thank you and can't wait to see what you bring to the party!
2/19/2023 05:05:40 pm
Moe! Your words mesmerize - well, I suppose I should also complement Melville too! Jone, thank you for this idea. I'll look forward to sharing something on 4/14
2/19/2023 05:26:20 pm
Oh I can't wait to see which book you choose and what you come up with.
2/21/2023 04:11:25 am
Moe's poem is just gorgeous, and what a great idea to create found poetry from the classics. A rich playground, indeed! Looking forward to the 14th!
2/21/2023 10:17:49 am
Thanks Molly! Me too!
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