Found Poetry is when you take a piece of writing that already exists and use some of the words and phrases from it to spark an original piece of work. By deleting or adding words and re-arranging spacing and line breaks, you create a new piece of writing with a totally different meaning. It’s a bit like creating a collage out of language.
You can use any piece of writing for found poetry- a paragraph from a novel, an article from a magazine, or something totally un-literary like an advert, a horoscope or a shopping list. Cross out some words or pick out some interesting phrases. Create two new lines of poetry or flash fiction.