Found Poetry – an altered book by Eddy Chandler – introduced by Shirley Bell

 
Way back in Issue 4, 3rd July 2017,  I wrote about found poetry, and what a useful tool it could be for overcoming writer’s block.   I relax by painting and I am also very fond of art journalling and making altered books, so I can often be found in what was son number one’s room wearing glue mittens.  I have a collection of old Reader’s Digest compendiums. These have interesting hard covers which I cannabilise.
 I use the books for found poetry as they have no intrinsic value as literature; it is also a challenge to find poetry in the pages of thrillers.  I add my poetry to pages alongside my prints, collage, and so on. They are something to look back on and to mine for ideas.
I took a finished found poetry book along to a session at Lincoln Creative Writers which I was hosting, along with book pages from Readers Digest for the members of the group to find poems. It was amazing what was discovered; even a page on fly fishing techniques was fertile ground, and the afternoon went well.  About a year later Eddy borrowed the book to show to the Writers’ Group he runs and when he returned it he showed me his own altered book. I was really impressed with the imagination and with the coherence of the book, so I would like to share it with you.
I love the interactivity of the book, the humour and the mass of materials Ed has used. He has manipulated the pictures in the book and incorporated them into his new book, something that had never occurred to me, as I worked hard to hide them in mine! I find it a light-hearted book which is so refreshing. My work (apart from  family portraits I paint) is seemingly full of dark and brooding images so I love this book and I am really pleased that Ed has agree to share it with you.
Shirley Bell
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Eddy Chandler:  I’m a local poet and author with a growing collection of paperbacks on Amazon and e-books on Kindle. I am born and bred in Lincoln, I attend a few Creative Writing Groups as well as last year starting my very own…
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After enjoying the third Sunday of the Month Lincoln Creative writers, hosted by Shirley Bell, and working on found poetry, Shirley had shown the group a book she had worked on… A few days later in my local library I noticed some old Readers Digest books similar to the one Shirley had used to make her book of art and poems. So I got them and gave some to Shirley, but kept one for myself. At the time I had recently joined Lincoln Art Ninjas, and had collected some art items, as well as keeping junk mail to re-use… My main inspiration to do the book was to challenge myself, working on a section at a time, it’s pure luck or coincidence that when you look at it, it can come across as one whole piece of work, when it’s really just a collection of random items…
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PROCESS:
I used odds and bits, got some foam alphabet letters and just played around with some old paint I had got from years back for another little art project. I guess I was just using what I had to hand and whatever felt right and looked good as I worked on it…
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Taking some of the images as examples of what I did:-
, 1 –  This is the start of the book, it’s inviting you in, the figure of a running man leads you forward…
 5 –  part of the old book remains and merges with the new…
 10 – the different textures allow you to almost be a part of the book and at the same time you just want to carry on exploring…
22 –  bits and pieces are thrown in, the use of junk mail, an article in a newsletter, sticky labels and electric tape with pen and ink and even decorative film, the book has more than meets the eye….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ed Chandler

Excellent, and much enjoyed… Thank you Shirley… 🙂