Oulipost #30: Remnants

Oulipost #30: Patchwork Quilt Conclude the project by writing a poem that incorporates words and lines from all of your past 29 poems.


Suddenly silent inside

Distant memories coming into focus in dreamlike fashion

All these promises have been made before

We felt an ache beyond ourselves

It tightened the night around us

With reckless abandon,

we sang, then the night sang louder

This is my home

I was completely obsessed




Alone, a new dawn, touching time

Sweeping dreams – lush, deeply moving

Pathways – wild, unfolding beautifully

Reveal a mystery

It feels ceremonial to go between the two spaces

It’s hard not to be moved


Lean in, close

Transform passions

Focus on the what of what could be

face to face, eye to eye –the end of innocence

A loss for all of us


Mysterious, life rising from the ashes

This holy silence lingers

You are not alone


Sourced from Oulipost #1-29, Kathleen M. Moore, Found Poetry Review, National Poetry Month Oulipost Project.  (Originally sourced

from The Contra Costa Times, Bay Area News Group, April 1-29, 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 for children and adults. 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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1 Response to Oulipost #30: Remnants

  1. dogtrax says:

    Very cool .. I love that you were “lifting lines” from yourself to remix your old ideas into new. Lovely.
    I wrote about lifting lines from others: http://dogtrax.edublogs.org/2014/03/14/in-the-poets-defense-i-lift-lines-to-remix-ideas/

    This holy silence lingers
    a quiet uncommon out here in the chaos
    but I hold my breath, drink in the words
    and let the voice of a multitude of poets
    ring in my ears


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