Oulipost #27: A Novel Mashup

Oulipost #27:Create a 14-line sonnet sourced from lines from your newspaper that is divided according to the first five digits of the irrational number pi – that is, into stanzas of 3, 1, 4, 1 and 5 lines. As with the preceding sonnet assignment (see April 14) you may interpret “sonnet” as formally or as loosely as you wish.

A Novel Mashup

Pens clicking. Chairs shifting. A neighbor twirling hair.
A princess who loves dangerous things
Sharks flying through the air

Frog music festering in a seamy, steamy city

An overheated melting pot of acrobats and dancers
Catering to the dark tastes of men
Gulp down a spicy, savory aphrodisiac cure
Tiny bones showing through translucent skin

Human identity shed, reveal a full-blooded mystery

The storied life of vampire boys
Cross-dressing teen-stars and warrior queens
A wild god can’t and won’t divide
The beautiful ruins revolt,
Flaunting shabby harmonic convergence

The end.

Sourced from The Contra Costa Times, Bay Area News Group, April 27, 2014

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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2 Responses to Oulipost #27: A Novel Mashup

  1. Robert C. Moore says:


    Sent from my iPhone


  2. margo roby says:

    ‘sharks flying’ and ‘frog music’ — somehow it sounds a fun place to be.

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