Two Found Poems

by Shloka Shankar

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Ordinary
A remixed poem composed of poems by Gertrude Stein

A little calm is so ordinary.
A likeness has blisters –
one, two, and one, two.
If it is absurd, then
this is true.

[There is some venturing in refusing to believe nonsense.]

The difference is spreading:
dirt is clean.

A violent kind of delightfulness
and even then quiet;
that noise not
privately overseen,
trying and thoughtful –
a puzzle.

A period is solemn[.]
It is absent, it is laid by.

Sources:
A Carafe, that is a Blind Glass
A Substance in a Cushion
A Little Called Pauline
Sugar


Talk Shop
A poem composed using only words from select first lines of Walt Whitman’s Song of Myself

I celebrate
what the talkers talk:
hankering, gross, mystical, nude.

I resign myself
to the unfolding of words,
quivering me to do nothing
but listen;

the journey work of stars
was never measured –
it is idle to me.


Shloka Shankar is a freelance writer from Bangalore, India. She loves experimenting with Japanese short-forms such as haiku, senryu, and haibun, as well as found/remixed poetry from time to time. Her work has recently appeared/forthcoming in Anti-Heroin Chic, Window Cat Press, Otoliths, After the Pause, Failed Haiku, and so on. Her found poem was nominated for the Best of the Net Anthology in 2015. Shloka is also the founding editor of the literary & arts journal Sonic Boom. You can read more of her work here.

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