Found Poems by Bern Porter

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Poetry. On the eve of Bern Porter's Centennial, his classic text, FOUND POEMS, comes roaring back into print in a handsome new edition featuring two essays contextualizing his remarkable life and work. As Dick Higgins said, "Porter's FOUND POEMS have the same seminal position as Duchmap's objets trouvées." This book collects Porter's strongest "Founds," his combinations of mass-media images and text that he used to reflect American culture as in a funny-house mirror: twisted but true.

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BERN PORTER (1911-2004), studied physics at Colby and Brown, worked on the Manhattan Project, but embraced pacifism after the dropping of the atom bomb on Hiroshima. He published Henry Miller and ran a gallery in Northern California before returning to his native Maine, where he ran for governor (unsuccessfully), started a think tank for drop-outs, and created his classic series of "Founds," collected in more than a dozen books. JOEL A. LIPMAN, artist and writer, is a professor at the University of Toledo. MARK MELNICOVE worked with Porter from 1979-1996 on performance and publication projects. He lives in Falmouth, Maine.
Published January 1, 1972 by Something Else Press. 432 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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There is no question that no one was doing quite what Porter was doing when he was doing it, and that lots of people are doing versions of it now.

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[caption id="attachment_40010" align="aligncenter" width="270"] One of Porter's Founds (Ubuweb)[/caption] Two more projects by Porter that add insight to the investigations of media culture in Found Poems are his 1961 bricolage Aphasia and his series of Do’s and Don’ts [sic]—which, like Found ...

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