A few months ago, I began writing a found poem after each poetry collection I read. It started with Anne Sexton’s Transformations and moved on to Naomi Shihab Nye’s Transfer along with Jane Hirshfield’s Come, Thief. I try to capture my favorite moments within each book and weave them into something for myself and further reflection. It’s become my way of letting go of the book, a sweet parting of ways for now.
Currently, I’m on the last chapter of Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya. I’m thinking about extending my found poem tradition to fiction books too.
What are you reading right now and what do you do once you’ve finished with a book?