Ou la la!

I must say, what I find most exciting about Oulipost is the challenge. I love the concept of found poetry, believing that poetry is everywhere if we only take the time to pay attention. For years I have sent out a poem a day to all my friends, family, and co-workers during the month of April. This will be an exciting addition to that practice. That said, it is also challenging to think that now that I’ve committed to this project, I have to stay committed and keep it fun, not stressful.

I have written found poetry before. I often use it as a way of making sense of my notes or sharing the essence of an experience. When I teach poetry classes, found poetry is a tremendous way in. I scatter dozens of poetry books around the room, have students copy down any lines, words or phrases that resonate with them, and construct a poem from their lists. It’s like magic watching participants transform into poets right before my eyes!

For the month of April, I will be using my local newspaper, The Contra Costa Times, as my source text. If necessary, I will also search the San Francisco Chronicle for inspiration. And one of the Oulipo movement founders,  French mathematician Francois de Lionnais, will serve as my Spirit Oulipian. You may not know this, but my doctoral dissertation was on the power of using poetry to teach math. The use of symbol, rhythm, and pattern are foundational in both disciplines – understanding poetry can help us to see the beauty in mathematics, and vice versa.

Follow me…I’m ready to begin! #oulipost

About katemccarrollmoore

Kate Moore’s passion is literacy, and she serves as a mentor teacher and staff developer throughout the greater Bay Area. Kate served three terms as the City of San Ramon's Poet Laureate (2012-2018); she also teaches poetry writing workshops and is an instructor in the Master of Arts in Teacher Leadership (MATL) program at St. Mary’s College of California. She was honored as SRVUSD Teacher of the Year in 2007 and San Ramon Chamber of Commerce Educator of the Year in 2009. Kate holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership for Social Justice from California State University, East Bay, an M.A. in Teacher Leadership from St. Mary’s and a B.A. in English Education from SUNY Albany. She and Bob Moore are the proud parents of four beautiful grown daughters, and the smitten grandparents of six beautiful children who fill them with hope for the future.
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2 Responses to Ou la la!

  1. Robert C. Moore says:

    cool froid!

    Robert C. Moore RSVP Publications bob@RSVPBayArea.com Office-925-416-7787 cell-925-200-4002

    Date: Sun, 16 Mar 2014 13:11:55 +0000 To: bobmoore33@msn.com

  2. Bob Moore says:

    you are great
    you are divine
    I’ll look forward to
    the poetry I find!

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