lost lines found
a (currently) invitation-only project by
chapbookpublisher.com

lost lines found

About

This is a project about the value of fragments, about letting others finish what can be finished by making their own beginning, and it’s about how words may, if given the chance, loop back to us fuller than they left. This project is also about the superabundance of creativity, how an idea is like a candle, how collaboration can be multiplicative not merely additive, and about encouraging the writing of more poetry.

I have been inviting writers I enjoy to send me 160 lines/fragments that can be used as the first line of a poem. I told them they could create new, how would I know?, but that the idea is that they would cull through unfinished or abandoned poems and give those lost lines a chance to be found (and finished) by someone else (maybe you!). I then take those 160 lines and print them, cut them, fold them, and place the little lovelies in clear vinyl 4"x4"x4" boxes that beckon like a hatful of charades prompts. The idea being that anybody can use the lines as starters for their own poems. You can use them as writing prompts, or read them as fragments, or simply scatter them to the four writerly winds. The back of each slip contains contact information for the lost line writer and asks the poem finisher to consider sending that poem to the writer of the lost line that started it. Pay it forward, what goes around comes around, all my life’s a circle, you get back more than what you give.

Gregory Betts

Gregory Betts is a poet, editor, essayist, and teacher born in Vancouver, raised in Toronto, now living in St. Catharines, ON. He is the author of four books of poetry including If Language (BookThug 2005), Haikube (BookThug 2006), The Others Raisd in Me (Pedlar Press 2009), and Psychic Geographies and Other Topics (Quattro Press 2010; also as an e-book) as well as several chapbooks and various bits of ephemera. For more about Gregory, please visit http://epc.buffalo.edu/authors/betts/

To give you a sense of what you may find in his lines, one random selection from his 160 will appear below with each page load. Don’t be greedy.

when his hands touched my oak floor, it turned to red mud

Would you (or someone you know) like 160 chances to finish a poem Gregory Betts started?

$10, includes standard shipping within the Continental USA.

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Jennifer Hill

Jennifer Hill is the author of six books of poetry and two books of prose. She is at work on a memoir. Jennifer is editor of Paper Kite Press, a fiercely independent publisher of poetry from writers all over the world. She also takes out the trash and sets up book displays at Paper Kite Books. If you leave your backyard unattended, she will start a hoop circus there. Links to Jennifer’s work and hoopiness can be found at: http://www.jenniferdunnhill.blogspot.com and http://www.whirligighoopers.com

To give you a sense of what you may find in her lines, one random selection from her 160 will appear below with each page load. Don’t be greedy.

beyond the doors

Would you (or someone you know) like 160 chances to finish a poem Jennifer Hill started?

$10, includes standard shipping within the Continental USA.

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