Reviews for Arrow Finds Its Mark : A Book of Found Poems

Booklist Reviews 2012 April #1
Found poems are sets of words written as prose for applications such as signs, ads, books, lists, letters, text messages, and tweets. "Found" by poets, the selections are minimally crafted (or left unchanged) and presented as poetry. This short, illustrated anthology opens with a useful introduction to the concept, the particular poems collected there, and the guidelines used in creating them. Varied and often vivid, the verse ranges from "How to Write a Poem on Your Computer," mined from drop-down menus by Bob Raczka, to Juanita Havill's "Hummingbird," found in a gardening catalog. In "Marilynn's Montessori Memo," George Ella Lyon shares an oddly moving teacher's note about a plastic model of the human body, while J. Patrick Lewis offers the entertaining "Nicknames in the NBA," found in a basketball encyclopedia. As editor Heard notes, readers will find poetry everywhere if they "look at the world with poet's eyes." Illustrated with black-and-white drawings, this intriguing little book offers an appealingly down-to-earth entryway into poetry. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2012 Fall
Thirty poets, including Marilyn Singer, Kristine O'Connell George, J. Patrick Lewis, and Joyce Sidman, offer poems taken from text messages, basketball nicknames, bird calls, book titles, and other sources. The collection broadly illustrates what a found poem can be; an introduction explains the form. The blocky drawings work well when they're simple; some figure drawings are awkward.

Kirkus Reviews 2012 January #2
Found poems can be found right here in a small anthology of original poems. Found poems are exactly what their name implies: poems created out of words and phrases found in all sorts of places--on Facebook, in a thesaurus, in newspaper advertisements in magazines, on detergent boxes and signs in a hardware store. But, as the introduction cautions, "If you put a frame around any text and insert line breaks and stanzas--it won't necessarily be a poem." It takes vision to see the potential of poetry all around us, and then it takes magic to elevate and deepen the language. The first lines of Heard's opening poem, "Find a Poem," define the finding poet's process: "come across / chance upon / stumble on / discover / turn up / bring to light." Aimed at young readers, with an eye to helping them learn to write their own found poems, the collection will be a handy guide to an accessible form. Not so easy will be getting students to understand what makes these poetry, and a bit of elaboration in the introduction would have helped make the case. But certainly in the spirit of helping young people play with language, this will be a welcome addition to every teacher's writing toolbox. Students may not be convinced these are real poems, but they'll enjoy creating them anyway, whatever they are. (Poetry. 8-12) Copyright Kirkus 2012 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

Publishers Weekly Reviews 2012 February #4

The poems in this slender volume were mined from print and digital media, signage, personal correspondence, and other sources. Not every entry is a hit, but there are moments of brilliance, including Bob Raczka's "How to Write a Poem on Your Computer," derived from computer drop-down menus ("Find Table/ Work/ Select All/ Delete"), and Terry Webb Harshman's "Lake Haiku," found in a photo caption ("Hawk perched on a tree/ at the Randleman Lake edge.../ framed by a harvest moon"). The results, taken from Facebook updates and e-mails, crossword puzzle clues and dictionary entries, will have readers seeing inspiration all around them and questioning what turns words into poetry. Ages 8-12. (Mar.)

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School Library Journal Reviews 2012 April

Gr 3-6--The intent of this collection is to awaken readers to the poetry that "exists all around us." A host of children's poets accepted the challenge to find inspiration anywhere-a Facebook page, a hardware store, the Burpee catalog--and reassemble the words without much embellishment in pursuit of poetry. Minimally illustrated with plain black-and-white drawings, the poems rely largely on the poet's inventiveness. There is no table of contents or index of poets; however a heading for each selection gives the author and the original source. Juanita Havill, Lee Bennett Hopkins, J. Patrick Lewis, George Ella Lyon, Naomi Shihab Nye, Joyce Sidman, Jane Yolen, and Bob Raczka are among the contributors. Laura Purdie Salas creates an amusing context for words found on a road sign in Northern England, "red squirrels/drive slowly" by adding the title: "They Don't Want Speeding Tickets, So…." A sign on a hardware store is made rhythmically interesting. This unassuming book may help young writers notice words and see how poems can be made. Pair it with other books that spark an imaginative flame, such as Paul B. Janeczko's A Kick in the Head (Candlewick, 2005).--Tess Pfeifer, Springfield Renaissance School, Springfield, MA

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