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Oulipost#20: Fairy Tale Concert

Oulipost #20. Lesurean Permutation. Select a newspaper article or passage from a newspaper article as your source text. Switch the first noun with the second noun, the third noun with the fourth noun, and so on until you’ve reached the … Continue reading

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Oulipost #19: And in the End…

Oulipost #19: Sestina. A sestina is a poetic form of six six-line stanzas. The end-words of the lines of each stanza repeat those of the first, but in a differing order that in each successive stanza follows the permutation: 615243. … Continue reading

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Oulipost#18: AMEN

Oulipost #18: HOMOCONSONANTISM. Choose a sentence or short passage from your newspaper to complete a homoconsonantism. In this form, the sequence of consonants in a source text is kept, while all its vowels are replaced. THSLNCSNTRBSRSDFNNGTHYRR Amen This holy silence … Continue reading

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Oulipost #17: Spring

Oulipost #17: Haikuisation. The haiku is a Japanese poetic form whose most obvious feature is the division of its 17 syllables into lines of 5, 7 and 5 syllables. Haikuisation has sometimes been used by Oulipians to indicate the reduction … Continue reading

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Oulipost #16: Shrimp Boy Rag

Oulipost #16: Chimera. The chimera of Homeric legend – lion’s head, goat’s body, treacherous serpent’s tail – has a less forbidding Oulipian counterpart. It is engendered as follows. Having chosen a newspaper article or other text for treatment, remove its … Continue reading

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Oulipost #15: No Ransom, No Sun

Prisoner’s Constraint: Imagine a prisoner whose supply of paper is restricted. To put it to fullest use, he will maximize his space by avoiding any letter extending above or below the line (b, d,f,g,h,j,k,l,p,q,t and y) and use only a,c,e,m,n,o,r,s,u,v,w,x … Continue reading

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Oulipost #14: Painting by Life, the Neatness Extremist

Oulipost #14: Column Inches. Refer to the advertising section or the classifieds in your source newspaper. Create a poem by replacing all of the nouns in your chosen ad segment or classified listing with nouns from one article in the … Continue reading

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Oulipost #13: Destiny?

EPITHALAMIUM: Visit the engagement or wedding announcements section of your newspaper and select a couple. Today’s paper yielded none, but there was a lovely story of a nearly 60 year union of Rudy and Lily Tenes. I chose them. Their story … Continue reading

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Oulipost #12: Life Design

Write a sonnet sourced from lines found in newspaper articles. (I took liberties with the form – 12 lines for day 12, ababb, ababb, cc) Life Design Smoky-mirror, fleeting pretty, humbling sensation Spaces, ugly, ill-defined, build boring boundaries Glimpsing perhaps … Continue reading

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Oulipost #11: YET

Univocalism: A univocalic text is one written with a single vowel.  YET When we see where These extreme events be kept There’s few between them, Few been there yet Severe trends be key Whether wet be wetter, Here, ten degrees … Continue reading

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