De/constructed Poetry Contest

Cut-up letters and words creating a found poem
Poem above by Catherine Marshall
 

In March 2021, in line with SAND 22’s theme – deconstruction/reconstruction – we invited our readers and friends to construct a poem entirely from words they found around them – digging for book titles, newspaper headlines, food labels, shopping lists, or anything else – and write a poem of 22 words or less using their findings. 

 

Our favourite entry, by Karen Yuan, won a free copy of SAND. Here it is, along with some of the other entries we particularly enjoyed.

Karen Yuan (winner)

LOVE POEM MADE FROM BTS ARMY TRENDING TWITTER HASHTAGS 

 

TRANSLATION / WAKE UP / HAVE A SAFE FLIGHT / THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING / I LOVE YOU

 MORE THAN LOVE

Sorcha Collister

A Western Film Subtitles on a Friday Night
 

Rhythmic clanking fading

Loud hissing

Steam hissing

Men shouting

Gunfire popping

Gunfire continues

Steam hisses

Indistinct shouting

Gunfire

Gunfire popping

Quiet laughing 

Martha West

This poet used words from condiment bottle labels, and even sent us proof!

West 1

Kyle Snyder

museum linen crafted

our finest blue inks

not suitable for our

company varnishes

a textured shape

like hazard

Giorgio Ferretti

“I send in my poem made with words I found on things I dug up from the trash-can. Needless to say – I had a blast! Enjoy!” 

 

Warning trick

to avoid the danger of

crunchy children.

Do not call

sweet land,

but materials immediately.

This is not a toy.

Sebastian Adam

Bee on the wall

laying next to it

under a lampion garland

thinking of the last

party it was lit.

Rosaire Appel

A collage showing the word ALCOHOL on a pink background

Marlene Klann, Tobias Marx, Heike Qualitz

Short text describing the origin of the poem
The poem. It reads: THIS IS POET THIGH GAP / WORDS AREE IN ART CONCEALED / POETRY A LENSE / REALITY THROUGH PERSPECTIVE / AND EVERYTHING RHYMED IN FEVERISH SMILES

Indra J. Adler

Cavitation sign-systems work together like slow horses.

Confessions are folktales. Exile breathes.

Start/Pause

and stand up in the mob town.

Ilias Tsagas

Goldfish Café

 

Water bottles 50c, Greek coffee, cappuccino,

americanos, and traditional tahini pies.

Take away treats for lockdown breaks in Cyprus.

 

&

 

Only 2 persons allowed in each time

 

Available walk-up window on the side,

keep 2m distance at all times.

Catherine Marshall

“It is constructed from a length of strapping-tape which was on a package I received from the company Anglepoise, who produce lights. All words in the poem are cuts ups and re-pastes of the brand name.”

 

Agile as glass,

Open season on

sleeping

Pale, ageless

Leaps in spoils

Goes along singing

Cut-up letters and words creating a found poem