A Writer's Voice: A Found Poem
(Source: Anne Mazer, Spilling Ink: A Young Writer's Handbook, 2010)
look for it.
isn't something you pick up
on the side of the road...
It doesn't appear in a
from your best friend.
It's already inside you,
When I first read these words by Anne Mazer, which appear in a different form in Spilling Ink, I felt a sigh, the kind you might hear at a poetry reading when the poet expresses something true. That's where I got the idea to make Mazer's paragraph into a poem. It comes from the section "How to Find Your Writer's Voice" in the book's 26th chapter, "Your Writer's Identity." I broke up the sentences, cut a few phrases, and fiddled with the fonts and capitalization.
Geared toward tween and young teen writers, Spilling Ink, by the way, was nominated for a Cybil award in the middle grade/young adult nonfiction category.
[Added later: in a nice instance of synchronicity, a teacher writes at Choice Literacy about helping a reluctant student find his writer's voice. Go, read.]
For more Poetry Friday talk, turn to the roundup at the Teaching Authors blog.
Spilling Ink: A Young Writer's Handbook
by Anne Mazer and Ellen Potter
illustrated by Matt Phelan
Roaring Brook Press, 2010