Hey there everyone!
Isn’t that just beautiful?
So, I decided to try it myself. However, since I have little to no visual artistic ability I tweaked the activity to suit my needs. Essentially you take a page from a book (I couldn’t bring myself to remove the page) and choose any words, circling or underlining them, to create verses and ultimately a poem from the existing text.
My mother has an entire basement filled with old books that she was going to simply dispose of. This tore at my book-loving heartstrings so I asked her if I could use, or as I put it “creatively recycle”, them. She agreed and I began my project. I used the book The Wild Bunch by Ernest Haycox (seen below). It’s essentially a western novel which provided me with words, syntax, and subject matter that I have never used before in my poetry.
Here is a bit of my work. I don’t form the great flowing artwork that others have, but I focus on the words and try to create a sort of elegance and visual pleasure through them.
I apologize that the photos aren’t very close-up, but my camera decided it wanted to be finicky. I hope this project gives you some inspiration and a way to inject some creativity into your daily life. I’ve certainly enjoyed it. I also recommend using newspapers as well to create this poetry as no books will be harmed in this method. Have fun and add your own spice to the activity!