NAPOWRIMO: day two

This is a kind of found poem, or perhaps more accurately ”sculpted” as I have chosen words and phrases in the order they are printed from an article in May’s Elle Magazine about the designer Mary Katrantzou. I was interested to use a fashion article because the language is so over blown and wonderful and ludicrous and vacuous (I have this love/hate relationship with fashion can you tell? ) I enjoy making found poems or using found language or cut ups or whatever you wish to call them, for me making a poem from something that is certainly not poetry (like an article) is a great challenge, especially in this case as I attempted to use as little added language as possible. Here is the poem:

Work of Art

Mark my words, it’s not just that

it’s Hyper-real, fast moving,

all the names I’ve promised

vying in a tiny hive

That summer was spiked with jewels

sculpted, elegant, photo-real

Why am I telling you all this?

breathless, rattling off candid matters

It went up in flames, a riot

An awareness in the blood line

Nine years of alarm, a lack of structure

She didn’t have a clue.

Seeing the stars she couldn’t sew,

dreamt of perfume bottles, glass blowing.

Inspired to cause a stir, proud of it

dresses kaleidoscopic, swirls solid.


The Stirred quad is formed of Rebecca Audra Smith, Anna Percy, Jasmine Chatfield and Lenni Sanders.

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The Stirred team at Reclaim the Night Manchester 2015
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