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Poetry Friday - Little Bits & Leftovers (Found Poetry Ornaments)

November 22, 2017

Tags: Poetry Friday, poetry, found poetry, artsyletters, Etsy, found poems

Happy Post-Thankgsgiving!

I hope you and yours had a warm and wonderful holiday together. As some face empty chairs at the table, or empty pockets, and as we often cringe to turn on the news, shared times of celebration are to be especially savored.

As are leftovers! Today I have some little bits to share which don't add calories. In recent years, I've been able to find great little gold frames to use for found poem ornaments for my Etsy shop, but they are elusive. This year I found some silver(ish) photo frames made the same way, but they're a bit rough around the edges. They are lightweight - aluminum? - and they have scritches and scratches, particularly at the tops.

No matter - I had to conjure up a few ornaments with them anyway. Two regular sized ones; two tiny ones, for now. (I finished listing these while traveling, and one listing got swallowed up in some cyber black hole on Etsy. I'll get it posted later Friday after I'm back.[Update - fixed now!])

I used vintage stamps for the images on one side of these, and found poems/phrases clipped from GOLDEN DAYS For Boys and Girls, Vol. XVIII -- No. 6, December 26, 1896, (and one from January 22, 1898) [Philadelphia: James Elverson, Publisher] on the others.

The first is my wish for this season:

Christmas Eve

It has a postage stamp with a classic painting of the nativity on the back. I'm not sure of its country of origin.

The second, from an article about making Christmas gifts:

you have made
old gold and

with a beautiful Australian Christmas nativity stamp on the reverse side, printed in a gorgeous red (on my handpainted verdigris background).

The third, a small one and the one temporarily lost on Etsy, has a Canadian Christmas stamp on the back - a jolly Santa! - and the following:

buried up
what fun it was
all bundled up

The fourth, also small, is perhaps my favorite. And I do hope you'll forgive/indulge me. The stamp side features a four-cent US postage stamp from 1977 which reads, "A Public That Reads - A Root of Democracy" (backed by the handpainted verdigris).

Here's the found text:


For this one, a quote by G K. Chesterton (1874-1936) floated in my mind: "Angels can fly because they can take themselves lightly."

I've made lots of new magnets this year with letters and vintage literary stamps (new Emily D!), and I posted a bit of a magnet how-to on my artsyletters site. I also featured that Chesterton quote in my new artsyletters letter newsletter, and there's a sign-up button on the right at Seasonal only - I won't have my act together to conjure one up more often than four times a year! ;0) Here are links to my Etsy shop magnet section and ornament section. (Free shipping on orders of $25 & up this Black Friday through Cyber Monday!) ;0)

Whatever shape your own leftovers take - culinary or literary - I hope you have a relaxing and peaceful weekend before the whirlwind of December! Continue the poetic celebrating over at Carol's Corner, where Carol is Rounding Up and sharing Carole Boston Weatherford's SCHOMBURG: THE MAN WHO BUILT A LIBRARY.


  1. November 23, 2017 9:23 PM EST
    And happy post-Thanksgiving to you, too, Robyn.
    these found poems are delightful and I love the idea of turning them into ornaments.
    - Sally Murphy
  2. November 23, 2017 9:39 PM EST
    As always, your creativity inspires me. If anyone can grab words back from a black hole, it's you, my friend!
    - Doraine Bennett
  3. November 23, 2017 9:57 PM EST
    The layers of creativity totally overwhelm me! First you find materials, then you find poems, and then you put it together to make a gorgeous finished product! I love these! I wish you had some C typewriter earrings. If you ever do, I have dibs!
    - Carol Wilcox
  4. November 24, 2017 7:23 AM EST
    Robyn, what beauty and fun....literary leftovers! That might be my favorite phrase of the day. Ha! Every time I see your artwork, it makes me want to give it a try. And, I have but I can't quite achieve the special look that you do. I'd love to attend a workshop on crafting with literary leftovers and be in a room with other creatives having fun feasting with found poetry bits.
    - Linda Mitchell
  5. November 24, 2017 8:07 AM EST
    This "heathenish/Christmas/liberal" can make a meal of your leftovers! Fun stuff. I haven't forgotten the stamp's on my Christmas Break to-do list!
    - Mary Lee
  6. November 24, 2017 9:22 AM EST
    Hi, Sally - thanks! And what beautiful postage stamps you all make over in Australia...

    Thanks, Doraine - and appreciate the vote of cyberspace confidence! ;0)

    Carol, thanks so much. And thanks for hosting today! I DO make special orders when I can; I'll double check my typewriter key stock when I get back later today and give you a holler!

    Hi, Linda - one of the highlights of my life, I think, was leading that Found Poem Makerspace activity just over a year ago in Bellingham, WA for the Children's Poetry conference. What folks come up with delights me to the core. If you ever have specific questions beyond the how-to's on my art blog - here's the makerspace one and here's a little ornament one - --- just give me a shout!

    Thank you, Mary Lee - and I appreciate your thinking of me with postage stamps whenever!! :0)
    - Robyn Black
  7. November 24, 2017 9:23 AM EST
    Thank you for the calorie-free yet-still-delicious-and-filling leftovers! I like the bundled up one especially. xo
    - Irene Latham
  8. November 24, 2017 10:59 AM EST
    Time for a bit of Etsy shopping, Robyn. I love hearing all about the new creations and hope you find what is lost, have a lovely weekend back home.
    - Linda Baie
  9. November 24, 2017 3:52 PM EST
    I think your favorite is mine too, Robyn! Wishing Santa's artsiest elf a happy and productive holiday season. XO
    - Michelle Heidenrich Barnes
  10. November 24, 2017 5:44 PM EST
    Genius idea, Robyn! I love these!
    - Tara
  11. November 24, 2017 8:34 PM EST
    The "heathenish
    how funny, and we need humor–good luck with all of these , thanks Robyn!
    - Michelle Kogan
  12. November 24, 2017 8:38 PM EST
    Your found poem ornaments are such fun! I'm especially partial to any heathenish Christmas liberals! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, from your heathenish pal.
    - Buffy Silverman
  13. November 24, 2017 10:29 PM EST
    Glad you enjoyed, Irene - hope you and yours had bundles of good visiting! XO

    Linda - thank you SO much - for the kind words as always, and for the order! Wishing you a lovely weekend, too. :0)

    Hi, Michelle - Ha! ;0) Many thanks on all accounts.

    Hi, Tara - glad you enjoyed!

    Thank you, Michelle - glad other folks got a kick out of that, too. Wishing you a terrific art business season as well!

    Thankful for you, my dear, heathenish Buffy. Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving and will enjoy a wonderful weekend!
    - Robyn Black
  14. November 25, 2017 12:12 AM EST
    Ingenious and inspiring, Robyn! All your creations sound delish.
    - Violet N.
  15. November 25, 2017 8:18 AM EST
    Thanks so much, Violet! Have a lovely weekend. :0)
    - Robyn Black
  16. November 25, 2017 12:15 PM EST
    Ooohhh...those are gorgeous! I am so glad you shared them, and I've found something else to add to my Christmas wish list. Happy Thanksgiving. We are enjoying lots of leftovers, but most have more calories than your treasures!
    - Kay McGriff (@kaymcgriff)
  17. November 25, 2017 3:10 PM EST
    Hi, Kay - many thanks for the kind words! And I'm sure those few extra calories are worth it. ;0). Happy Weekending!
    - Robyn Black

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