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Here, you will find a list of the different types of found poetry that the mudlarks have experimented with, along with a short description of each. Click the style’s name to view the full collection of poems written in that style.


Ekphrastic: In short, these are poems inspired by, or in response to, visual art. The mudlarks believe that it is important to look outside the realm of the written word, in order to find inspiration. If you have art you would like to submit to this section, please use our contact sheet!

Blackout: Also known as redacted poetry, blackout poetry consists of taking pre-existing text and “blacking out” or removing parts of the text. The remaining words, whether deliberately or randomly left in place, create a new piece and meaning.

Exquisite Corpse: Invented by the surrealists, the exquisite corpse (from the French, cadavre exquis) is a form that is comprised of a collection of words from different collaborators. The rules of the exercise can be highly varied: in some cases, there are set parametres such as: “The adjective noun adverb verb, the adjective noun. In other cases, the next contributor may only be able to see a part of what the previous contributor wrote. The mudlarks have their own spin on it as well, called the Grave Robber poem. In this case, the participants each contribute their own found poetry lines to the piece at large.

Découpage: Popularized in the 1950s by writer William S. Burroughs and tracing its roots to the experimentation of the Dadaists of the 1920s, this is a literary technique that involves cutting up pre-existing text and re-arranging it to create a new text. The pieces you find in here will employ this method in a variety of manners: occasionally the re-ordering will be highly curated and meticulously thought out, other times we will leave it completely to chance. The texts used to create these pieces will also vary, from our own works, to those of other writers, to seemingly mundane “non-creative” text.

Hieroglyphic: The poems in this section are entirely composed of found graffiti. In some cases, they will be verbatim transcriptions and in others, they will be re-ordered, edited, or combined (in a similar manner to our Découpage pieces). Some of this found graffiti may also form the foundation or starting point for a larger piece. In all cases, place of origin, context, and to the best of our ability, artist attributions, will be listed for the purpose of proper credit.

Miscellaneous: This section features all the pieces that do not necessarily fit within the parametres of one specific category, as well as pieces that fit multiple categories.

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