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Found Poems: Craigslist Missed Connections from Occupy Wall Street

JK Evanczuk / Wednesday, October 26, 2011 Comments Off

p>I geek on poetry in unexpected places (for example: this). Even more, I love poetry that was never supposed to be poetry. Suddenly: oops, you’re a writer.

Case in point: The New York Times‘ Alan Feuer digs into the NYC Craigslist Missed Connections and finds poetry in the listings from Occupy Wall Street. The words are copied verbatim, with only line and stanza breaks added. The titles are the subject headlines.

Beautiful Asian

I was all dressed in blue for a reason.
Standing in front of Capitol One Bank
at 6 av at about w39 st
on Sat Oct 15 late afternoon.
I was with my work partner
standing in front of the Bank entrance
when you and a friend stopped
and asked us a question.
I thought you were so beautiful
that I was speechless.
The Occupy wall Street march
was coming up the Street
and you asked us a question about it,
and then all too soon
you were gone and the air
seemed a little cooler
as if the Sun had suddenly
gone behind a cloud.
If you recognise yourself
please please please
get back to me so that
I can at least know
if you are attached or not

You are a Cop

I was only visiting the city
during the protest
was with my mom
in Time Square
we chatted about why
I was visiting
and where I was from.
I wanted to ask you
for your number
for a good last hoorah before I left…
but I chicken out.

Hoyt/Schermerhorn G

This weekend.
You had
an occupy wall street poster.
I had
a book.

Librarian at Occupy Wall Street

You seem pretty great.
It seemed like a bad idea
to even attempt to flirt
when you?re trying to do
something substantive like that,
so I thought I?d just post here.
Just in case you might see it.

Occupy Rosa Mexicano

Hi Rebecca,
Do you want
to
get
a
drink sometime?
Jonathan

More here.

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