Emerge Poetry

Create an Ocean Story with the interactive poetry tool Emerge.

Expanding on the centuries old technique of erasure poetry, Emerge is a playful tool for creating found poetry out of articles, speeches, quotes, books, and more. Emerge was created by the Wick Poetry Center at Kent State University.


How it Works

Select a Text

Emerge approaches poetry from a different angle, eliminating the blank page. Start by finding a collection you’re interested in, and select a text to read and create with.

Create Your Poem

Click words to make them Emerge from the text. Consider how your poem is a reflection on the original text, and respond through the creation of your poem.

Share It

Join the Emerge community by sharing your found poems. Get inspired by viewing other members’ poems.

Start Creating


Create an
Emerge Poem

We have gathered writing from our community of artists, scientists, and filmmakers around the theme of Ocean waters. Have a look. Engage in a new and playful way with Emerge.


Create a
Poem Film

Experiment with making a “cinema stanza” or a poem-film. Many avant garde filmmakers explore the connection between film and poetry; finding systems to juxtapose words and images that generate entirely new associations, metaphors and ideas.

Visit our Create & Explore page and check out Assignment #4 to create a film poem.