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Oulipost #10: Snowball Poem

snowballing
I.

A

to

and

have

sound

lumber

replace

designed

operation

government

increasingly

demonstrating

bioelectricity

II.

A

in

and

with

large

knives

student

security

officials

identified

Albuquerque

intersection

investigating

human-resources

 III.

A

in

was

tech

world

thrown

trickle

alerting

potential

heartbleed

recommended

consequences

vulnerability

administrators


Poems were constructed from numerous articles in Seattle Times 10 April 2014 Print Replica.


Note on composition and process:

These poems were composed according to the Oulipean form of Snowball poetry,  in which each progressive section is one character/letter longer than the preceding one. Read the prompt and results of other participants at The Found Poetry Review blog.

My initial plan with these was to use an app to randomly generate the raw text of pages from today’s Seattle Time print replica, but the program kept crashing and glitching. So, after a couple of wasted hours, I took to my actual print copy with a pen and notebook. I visually scanned the first three pages according to my general reading habits, pulling each word/line out succesively. Each section of the poem represents one page of the paper in order from A1 to A3. I stopped compiling at 14-character lines, since that appeared to be the threshold at which the poems held together.

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