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Poetry Intro

You are going to create a "Found Poem," a poem created by searching for poetry hidden in unlikely places, like newspaper articles.

1.Search through some newspapers ( or news magazines for longer news stories, ones that took time to write (not blurbs.)

2. Find an article of some length that is about a subject of interest to you.Don't leave out Sports, Travel, or even the Classified 

section!!Poetry is everywhere!

3. Read the article and get a sense of what it's about.Select 15 or more lines from throughout the piece to chain together to form a poem.

4. Create your "poem" on the computer or with paper and colored pens/pencils.You may need to add or re-arrange words to make the poem make sense.Decorate it using graphics you import from the Internet, clipart, or your own art.

I chose this article from the Travel Section of the San Jose Mercury News about the village of Assis in Italy.

From “Assisi is filled with gentle reminders of a saint” by Jim Jones for Knight Ridder Newspapers,

We stood reverently gazing down at the brown robe inside a glass case. The garment, made of coarse material and patched in several places, had a familiar look, perhaps because it is said to have been worn by the beloved St. Francis of Assisi. 

Most visitors to Assisi are genuinely moved by the sight of this simple robe, symbolic of the remarkable life of St. Francis, a man born to an affluent family who gave up material wealth and became known as “God's Fool.” 

After a journalists' conference in Rome, three of my fellow religion writers and I had taken a sleek train to Florence. Once there, we checked into $50-a-night rooms at the Sisters of St. Francis of the Immaculate Conception convent. 

Sisters of the convent told us this inexpensive rate included a curfew of 10:30 p.m. Sunday through Friday. On Saturdays, people staying in the convent are allowed to stay out until 1 a.m. We were also invited to attend the prayers and church services in the convent. 

Rising early the next day, we rented a car and drove south on modern highways cut through green Umbrian hills to the medieval hilltop town of Assisi. 

Here is my Found Poem:

A Saintly Pilgrimage

We stood gazing reverently.

The garment had a familiar look:

St. Francis of Assisi.

By the sight of this simple robe

Most visitors are moved.

He called himself “God’s Fool.” 


took a sleek train to Florence


Curfew of 10:30

We were invited to attend prayers.

Rising early, we drove south

on modern highways

to the medieval hilltop town

of Assisi.