“How to Beat Departure”

Laurie Kolp crafted “How to Beat Departure” from words found in Andrew Lang’s rendition of “Snow White and Rose Red” in the Blue Fairy Book. About the poem and the process of composing it Laurie says:

“When I write found poetry, I first create a word bank of words I like that sound good together. I do not read the passage because I don’t want it to sway me into creating a similar piece. So, I am on a hunt. Once I think I have found enough, I start writing, sometimes looking back to the source for more words. I love how this process allows me to push out from the boundaries of my usual methods and create something I would not have thought of on my own. ‘How to Beat Departure’ was written this way.”