Cutting Up: Collage Poems

Students used magazines to create cut-up or collage poems, using ‘found language’ and images to create new meaning. 

Contributors are: 7th and 8th Grade Students from Mrs. McClain’s Classroom: Piper M., Sloan L., Noah D., Arturo L., Alice F.P., Quinn Q., Liv H., Daniela P., Madison S. R., Anastasia N., David Z., Bridgid R.

Lesson Note: Visual poet-artist Keith S. Wilson says this about visual poetry: Keith S. Wilson: ” I’m interested in a sense of play. In many of the understandings of that. Play means wiggle room and I’m interested in that–in one’s placement space allowing for more than one understanding of something. Play implies a sense of freedom and even joy sometimes, which comes sometimes through movement through space. But play can also invoke discipline and intentionality as well, as when one plays an instrument.”



“Writing poetry makes me feel like I can see myself, like I can see my reflection, but not in a mirror, in the world. I write and I know I can be reflected.”
-Oscar S.

“Writing poetry makes me feel free.”
-Buenda D.

“Writing poetry is like your best friend.”
-Jessica M.