Fieldtrips to Find Poetry

by Steve Zeitlin
Originally Published In 2001

The Handbook of Poetic Forms published by Teachers & Writers Collaborative regards a ‘found poem’ as a piece of writing that was not intended as a poem, but is desclared to be by its ‘finder.’ Poetry can be ‘found’ in everything from newspaper articles, store signs, lists, scraps of conversation, and other everytday uses of language. Steve Zeitlin explains the ‘rules’ of found poetry and offers images and examples for you to begin your own fieldtrips to find poetry.