Found Poetry of the Vintage Scrapbook

January 9, 2019




Death presses upon different

          portions       considered

    her people




I may have mentioned that I collect vintage scrapbooks: recipe scrapbooks, collections of clippings from newspapers, crochet/lace patterns and one with the actual lace samples sewn onto blank pages. My scrapbooks are from the late 1800s and early 1900s, most are contained in repurposed books, their creators pasting recipes, articles and pictures, like the one above, over the existing text. This makes for some wild juxtapositions. There are many unintentional collages and a lot of found poetry. This scrapbook, filled entirely with crocheted lace patterns, pictures of finished tatting, and some household tips, has to be my favorite. My poem 'Scrapbook of the Anonymous Lacemaker' which appears in my collection Split the Crow is based on this scrapbook. On one page the 'anonymous lacemaker' pastes newspaper clippings for how to make ice cream and the dangers of unintentional poisoning side by side! The book she repurposes is a report of marriages, births and deaths for Vermont in 1861, so there's a lot of darkness, in the form of diseases and causes of death (drowning, scalding, railroad accidents) lurking behind her cheerily titled lace patterns. The found poetry that results from the juxtaposition seems almost intentional. I performed a little photoshop erasure on some of these, others are in their original state. 



No. 2

Tatted Collars


Aggregate....................................... Male.




Star Doily


Inherits the whole property, instead of simply a lifein-






the  kindness


      of nullity,





Antique Lace


deaths to the entire male population of the United States






        exhibiting the number

              alphabetically), and

dying in each month


         will be found a


     class of diseases,

                  the ratio which

                         causes, bears






1. Of The

2. Of The

3. Of The

4. Of The

5. Of The

6. Of The

                 of Locomotion







the records of mortality have a

   land for elucidating the




                                             the New


                                 shall point to

                 longevity.       *           *        *




work of time and

   more and more





what imperfect





length of human









                     is     source



























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