I was leafing through an old art magazine when I came across a little blurb about Georges Seurat (1859 – 1891) written by Edwin Seaver for some sort of art reproductions club. The first few lines struck me as some found poetry – that is, poetry made by rearranging another text to bring out the poetic qualities of it. The words are by Mr. Seaver, the collage and composition are by me. I have given it a new title, though – “The Measure of Success.” Enjoy and may you find some poetry today too! (A few other found poem posts, if you are curious – click here, here, or here!)
The words to the poem:
Studious, solitary, painstaking
Georges Seurat died at the age of thirty-one,
overworked and largely unacknowledged.
His professional life did not last
much longer than seven years,
and in that time he
sold two pictures.
Thus, as someone has pointed out,
he was twice
as successful commercially
as Van Gogh,
who sold only
– Edwin Seaver
arranged by Marcy Erb
Great Cut-Up. Tanx.
Thanks, Matthias! I’m a big fan of surrealist techniques and have tried quite a few – those artists really knew how to get the creativity flowing!
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Thank you, C!
Ahh, superb! I love to do this myself all the time, and you nailed this one!
Thank you, Sunshine! I read the first few lines and got caught up in “sculpting” the poem – only later did I realize it was actually an ad for something!
Thank you, Matthew!
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