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Poems were constructed from numerous articles in Seattle Times 05 April 2014 Print Replica.
Note on composition and process:
These poems are Tautograms made from today’s Seattle Times (see the Found Poetry Review prompt for the exercise here). A tautogram is a text in which each each word begins with the same letter. Since in the Lipogram experiment (Oulipost #2), I excluded the letters of the word “Times,” I thought it very Oulipean to bring the letters back (George Perec did this in his novel Les Revenentes, in which every word contains only the vowel ‘e,’ which of course his novel La disparition excludes). Using the print replica of today’s Seattle Times, I copied all the text (including most of the ads), pasted it into both Notepad then Word to strip the formatting, which I’m much more adept at thanks to yesterday’s format issues. I separated and assigned a letter from my seed word to the different sections of the paper Front Page/Nation/World (T), Business (I), Regional (M), Sports (E), and the Home insert (S). I then used the handy, Java-based Ouliposcripts (via fellow Ouliposter Douglas Luman) to pull out my tautographic lists.
In warmups last month, I did these by hand, so the wordpool was sort of disconnected (I made lists by parts of speech), and the process more MadLib-y. This time, I really liked how the Java script read the text so methodicallly. I really dug the kind of sonic map it made of the paper, so I kept the lists largely intact. I did make some excisions. For instance, I removed all the articles from “Times,” and I cut most of the stock market abbreviations in “I Is In I,” most of the repetitive sports player’s names from “Editor,” and many of the billion “Seattle” occurrences in “Saturday Sale.” I did do some more significant editing in “Monuments, Morning,” to make the poem something of an elegy, since today would have been my Mom’s 65th birthday, and I wanted something in all this to commemorate her. I thought that particular poem was fitting, given the references to the recent mudslides and the recurrence of the “Momuments Men” title from the movie listings, plus you know, M for Mom.
In all, I really love the language slippage in these, how many of the repeated words get potentially endless inflections of meaning, and how the shifted context shifts the parts of speech and function of most of the diction. they remind me a lot of both Dr. Seus’s Fox in Sox, as well as Gertrude Stein’s work in Tender Buttons and The Making of Americans, which are two of my all-time favorite books.