This month is national poetry month. Today my class was working on found poems. Only half of my class was able to make it because there are protests going on around the city. Actually, they have been happening over the past few days. Yesterday, my salsa practice was canceled because the highway and exits were blocked off. On Wednesday my local friends were sharing audio and photos from the university protest that resulted in students being hospitalized. With all of this weighing on my mind, I decided to write a found poem about the news I’ve been reading about the protests.
Poets.org says found poems take, “existing texts and refashion them, reorder them, and present them as poems. The literary equivalent of a collage….” Here is a more detailed lesson from the Folsom Cordova Unified School District.
On to my found poem!
Social and economic collapse
Shortages of basic foods and medicines
Highest murder rates
Eviscerating Venezuela’s democratic institutions
Chanting, “No more dictatorship!”
Ignite the country
The people will make their voices heard
Try to ignore the tear gas, gunshots, and water cannons
The people are hungry
Hungry for freedom
If you are interested in reading more about what is going on now in Venezuela (and seeing where I “found” my lines) check out the following articles: