Found Poems and Creative Editing

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Anna Robinson


This article argues that the creation of found poetry, especially ‘pure’ found poetry is more an act of creative editing than creative writing. Using some practice-based research from a ‘pure’ found poem in my poetry collection Whatsname Street, published by Smokestack Books in 2021, I discuss how dealing with making a poem from another text is an act of creative editing in that it usually aims to keep something coherent and whole about the original text whilst changing it in some form. In the case of the poem under discussion, the changes consider the text’s intentions and they are also acts of translation. 


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Anna Robinson, University of East London

Anna Robinson is a poet, historian, and senior lecturer from Central London. She teaches the Creative Writing and Foundation courses at the University of East London. Her poetry collections are: The Finders of London (2010), Into the Woods (2014), The Night Library (2015) and Whatsname Street (2021). The Finders of London was shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney Poetry Prize in 2011. Whatsname Street was the creative text for her PhD, which was awarded in 2018. She is a Hawthornden Fellow. She has also written a history book entitled Mum’s Book: a Family Saga and is working on a collection of creative non-fiction essays.