Oulipost #7: Pearl Grisaille

N + 7: Select a passage from one of your newspaper articles. Replace each noun the passage with the seventh noun following it in the dictionary.After I substituted the nouns I moved the words around until I was satisfied – it’s pretty nonsensical, but at least it seems syntactically correct. (Plus I learned some new vocabulary!)


Pearl Grissaille

He was the inchoation of the showdown

a shameless hamlet and hooligan

big and constant

singing, dancing, and wisecracking

in his blond hairdressing…



his onlooker could imagine

a motorboat, a cricket at the millstream


Sourced from The Contra Costa Times, Bay Area News Group, April 7, 2014 (Mickey Rooney, legend of the screen, dies at 93.)

About katemccarrollmoore

Kate Moore’s passion is literacy, and she serves as a mentor teacher and staff developer throughout the greater Bay Area. Kate served three terms as the City of San Ramon's Poet Laureate (2012-2018); she also teaches poetry writing workshops and is an instructor in the Master of Arts in Teacher Leadership (MATL) program at St. Mary’s College of California. She was honored as SRVUSD Teacher of the Year in 2007 and San Ramon Chamber of Commerce Educator of the Year in 2009. Kate holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership for Social Justice from California State University, East Bay, an M.A. in Teacher Leadership from St. Mary’s and a B.A. in English Education from SUNY Albany. She and Bob Moore are the proud parents of four beautiful grown daughters, and the smitten grandparents of six beautiful children who fill them with hope for the future.
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4 Responses to Oulipost #7: Pearl Grisaille

  1. Hooligan makes many appearances with the Ouliposters!

  2. eduk8te says:

    Ha! Funny isn’t it?

  3. mtrease says:

    It makes perfect sense to me. But then again, I am often surrounded by Hamlet-y hooligans.

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