From Where I Stand

Today is a first here at Ravens Retreat – we’ve had a lot of guests visit this dark realm, but never a poet. Until now. Not only is he a poet, but he’s only our second male guest to visit. There is obviously something about Ravens Retreat that frightens off the menfolk 😀 Even more exciting is that Robert has come bearing gifts! He will be giving away 5 ebook copies (.mobi, .epub, or PDF) of From Where I Stand at the end of the tour. To enter, please leave a thoughtful comment on this post and be sure to leave an email to be contacted with if you’re a winner. One comment per person per post, feel free to comment on multiple posts for an extra entry for each. Winners will be gathered together from all the blog tour stops and then chosen randomly. The give away will end December 9th and winners will be announced soon after they are selected. So come and meet Rob Zimmerman, read some of his fabulous found poetry and applaud him for his bravery while we go fetch the cookies.

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Game Of Love, The Playlist

I’d like to start off by saying thank you to those who are here to follow along on my tour. We’ll all be having so much fun (I hope), in the days to come. I’d also like to thank the readers who have already read From Where I Stand. For those who have read the collection, this post will be a little behind the scenes glimpse into one of my poems. If you haven’t read it, don’t worry. It’s an opportunity to read one of the poems and get a bit of background for it.

The poem I’d like to discuss is “Game Of Love.” It’s placed later on in the collection and is a bit unique compared to the rest. What sets it apart is that it is a found poem (click for definition). I wrote it by using the titles of songs from a mixtape I made a while back. I’ve actually done this once before, as well. Something about “Game Of Love” seemed right to add to this collection though. I’d like to share the poem with you first, then how about I give you the playlist so you can see just what songs they are.

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Game Of Love
Game of love? This is hell.

Everybody, do you feel
like making love?

Tangled up in you, just the way
you are. One more hour,
just to prove that this is love.

Then,

 

echo.

 

Love, we could be Indie.
Touch me then,
‘til summer comes around.

I’ll remember you,
girl from the North Country.
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This poem is made of up the following songs:

 

Game of Love

This is Hell
Everybody
Do you Feel Like making Love?

Tangled up in you
Just the way you are
One more Hour (Jason Levasseur…not online)
Just to prove that this is love

Then
Echo

Love
We could be Indie
Touch Me
Then(repeat)
‘Til Summer Comes Around

I remember you (text altered a bit to fit poem)
Girl from the north country

Most of these are youtube links, and one wasn’t available online. To make it easier on some people and to enjoy at a later day, I created a Spotify playlist where ALL of the songs can be found.


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What I find interesting about found poetry is that even with a limited set of words, there are so many possible ways to create a poem. There are many ways to make one. Some might make the poem strictly word for word. Others might allow for some play to fit together better (that’s my preferred way). The beauty, to me, is that the poet can take someone else’s words (or many people’s words) and form their own creation from it. Sometimes, if the reader isn’t aware that it’s a found poem, it can be mistaken for the poet’s work alone.

At times I wonder what the original wordsmith would think if they found out their writing, whether it was from a book, an advertisement, or even the warning label on a pack of cigarettes, turned into a poem. Would they be honored, confused, angry? There’s only one way to find out and that’s to ask them. Lucky for me, I don’t think I’ll be able to contact most of the musicians from my poem (only 4 of them I can easily get direct contact with, and I’m confident they’d like the idea), so I won’t be able to find out if they’re angry, haha.

I’d like to end this with a little treat. I mentioned that this isn’t the first found poem I’ve written through the use of song titles. I’d like to share one I wrote back in high school from a mixtape I made for someone back then. Enjoy, and go try your hand at some found poems. They’re fun.
Songs Of A Heart Feeling
Here I go again,
rolling another joint.
I’m holding my own,
in this purple haze.

We went for a ride,
just to seize the day,
just to go away.

Don’t cry, say anything.
You know my heart is in New York,
but these letters are for you.
You’re not my flavor of the week,
but for a whole lot longer.

There she goes.
I’m in love with a genius,
a foxy lady in purple.
Dream on, another day

*Note, I think I took more liberty with this one. Some lines I think are lyrics from the songs and not just the titles. And I can’t remember all of the songs used so I didn’t make a playlist for it. If anyone wants me to attempt to make it, please let me know in the comments.

 

Rob's Author PicRobert has been writing poetry since the eleventh grade. His writing started as impulsive rambling, but soon became a passion. A few years later he attended SUNY Potsdam where he received a B.A. in Creative Writing.

His main focus is poetry, but at times you can find him dabbling in short fiction. Robert has also created the blog A Life Among The Pages, where he posts his writing as well as book reviews.

When he’s not reading or writing, Robert enjoys spending time with his dog, Deuc. Deuc ran out of the woods in August 2011 and they have been inseparable ever since.

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