Found poems are unintentional poems that are ‘uttered’ in the course of everyday life by a person or event. They are captured into poetic form by someone else who ‘hears’ or ‘sees’ a poem where no poem was intended.
They create an amazing dynamic and prompt all sorts of questions, like:
‘Who is actually the poet?’
‘Would the poem have existed had it not been appropriated and interpreted by someone else?’
‘Is it not impertinent to turn someone’s words or actions into a poem?
‘Do you not need permission to do this?’ / Patricia Schonstein, Südafrika