Two collages with found poetry, by Alessandra Bava • Empty Mirror

In the past few days, as I am experiencing a whole new life in quarantine, a friend asked me to join a collage group on FB. I had stopped making collages when I was in primary school. I am enjoying doing them and adding scattered lines from poems, giving life to found poems. I am discovering that collages can be therapeutic.

hummingbird wings bloom in your eye sockets and every petal cradles your bones - collage by Alessandra BavaKahlo Meets Burroughs
hummingbird wings bloom in your eye sockets and every petal cradles your bones
(a found poem from Lorca’s Dream by former SF Poet Laureate Alejandro Murguía)
Be in love with yr words - No time for poetry but get drunk crazy - Believe in the unspeakable visions emblazoned in yr mind (Jack Kerouac)  - Alessandra Bava collageKerouac & Co
(with a found poem by Jack Kerouac, from his letter to Don Allen, 1958; see below for enlargement)

Be in love with yr words - No time for poetry but get drunk crazy - Believe in the unspeakable visions emblazoned in yr mind (Jack Kerouac)  - Alessandra Bava collage(detail from Kerouac & Co)
Be in love with yr words – No time for poetry but get drunk crazy – Believe in the unspeakable visions emblazoned in yr mind
(a found poem from Kerouac’s letter to Donald Allen, 1958)

About Alessandra Bava

When she is not translating, Alessandra Bava is writing the biography of a contemporary American poet. Her poems and translations have appeared in journals such as Gargoyle, Plath Profiles, THRUSH Poetry Journal, Tinderbox, and Waxwing. Three of her chapbooks have been published in the States. Her most recent translation works are Anthology of Contemporary American Women Poets and Anthology of Contemporary British Women Poets. Her collage works keep her sane at this time when she is experiencing life in quarantine.

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