The Richmond Register

November 24, 2012

Teachers, student contribute to ‘found’ poem

Special to the Register

RICHMOND — English teacher Keri Powell compiled a “found” poem about Madison County by asking six local teachers and one student to each contribute two lines of the poem.

The poem was part of a community public poetry project in Powell’s ENG 861 Reading and Teaching Poetry class at Eastern Kentucky University where she is completing her master’s degree.

“The purpose was not recreate Elliot or Poe, but to create as a whole community a piece of art,” she said.

The focus of the class is to determine poetry’s place in the world, she said. “Many people feel poetry is a dying and displaced art. As a class, we are attempting to define poetry — what it is and where it can be found.”

Others in the class designed different projects to make poetry available to the public eye, Powell said. For example, a student released poetry balloons and asked the community to reply to the poetry via a website. Another student held a poetry booth at EKU where students stopped and randomly wrote lines of poetry. Another student sent out random invitations all over the United States to write poetry on her blog/website, she said. 



Madison County 
the home to
Berea and Richmond
In October 29, 1862 the Battle of Richmond
was fought long and hard
By Sunday it ended with the
wounded bodies in the yard
Today it’s a unique place,
both friendly and eclectic
college life,
crafts, and
walking trails are abundant
Bringing a little culture and exercise to its citizens
Visit Old Towne Berea
See Glass Blown
Hot Flash Beads
Arts and Crafts
Hike the Pinnacles
Berea College
Boone Tavern
A small-town feel that’s not at all too hectic
People are standing at the edge of the pond,
an old pole in hand trying to bond.
as I watch the line begin to fly,
a red four-wheeler passes            me by.
There is not place I would rather be,
than to sit on the porch with a glass of tea.