I AM THE MAKER OF ALL SWEETENED POSSUM: FOUND POETRY IN SCARLET SISTER MARY
by james w. moore
Silver Birch Press is pleased to announce the March 10, 2014 release of I am the Maker of all sweetened possum: found poetry in Scarlet Sister Mary by james w. moore.
I Am the Maker of all sweetened possum is the strangely-capitalized, full-color collection of found poetry by james w. moore. Working from the text of Julia Peterkin'sScarlet Sister Mary, moore has created visually striking poems that acknowledge their source while making new worlds for Peterkin's words.
Found poetry is a method of creating poems from already existing work; moore's found poetry acknowledges its source material by creating the poem directly out of a page of text. His work strives to stand out in words and in the visual remaining on the page. Using exacto knives, whiteout, markers, paint, and even cross-stitch, moore's work has a homemade feel that reflects the source text. In the introduction, he says, "there's a handmade quality to Scarlet Sister Mary. seemingly every interaction happens while someone is making food, or mending garments, or picking crops. i strove to reflect that tactile feeling in my work. i wanted each piece to feel like you can see the marks left behind."
james w. moore took part in Found Poetry Review's 2013 National Poetry Month initiative — The Pulitzer Remix — where 85 poets each selected a Pulitzer prize winning work of fiction and created a poem for each day of the month. This collection rounds up poems that were created as part of the Pulitzer Remix.
PRAISE FOR I AM THE MAKER OF ALL SWEETENED POSSUM:
"moore enters a dialogue with Peterkin's text by excising, erasing, and in one case literally stitching words together to create poems whose subjects are as creative and diverse as the methods he employs. moore's visually rich and lyrically sophisticated poems traverse the traditional boundaries of found poetry and are a significant contribution to the genre." Jenni B. Baker, Found Poetry Review editor-in-chief
Within within these pages we are treated to an exotic cross-media journey through the modified pages of Julia Peterkin's original text. It is rare, if not unique to find such painstaking craft and depth of creative imagination so adeptly and seamlessly married with found poetry as in Scarlet Sister." Winston Plowes, poet
I AM THE MAKER OF ALL SWEETENED POSSUM: FOUND POETRY IN SCARLET SISTER MARY is available at Amazon.com.