Oulipost #21: confabulation

Talking Cure

“On weekends, I can make up ”
she said. “I work for my tips, not my minimum.”
“The first thing we’d have to do is reduce,” he said
“We’d look at having one less.” She said “A student?”
he said. “And working,” she said “evil
of the Sewol.”  “Green men have seized
the sites,” he said. “the photos only further
confirm this,” she said, “EMERGENCY!”
he said, “Before, hospitals were kind
of silos.” She said, “We have nothing
to indicate it was anything…”  “Other
than a tragic accident?’’ he said.
“It was a very difficult transition,” she said.
“I could play just naturally,” he said. “I didn’t
“know any of the terms,” she said.
He said, “The biggest part, was understanding.”
“Not just playing it off impulse?” She said.
“It’s all right. We’ll get out of this,” he said.
“We are much better than this,” she said.
He said, “There is no other way to feel either?”
“We know what we have going here,” she said.
He said, “It’s just a bump in the road.”
“The only way we are going to snap out of this,” she said.
“if our guys start performing?” he said.
“A little better,” she said. “It was a great
game,” he said. “But we had some opportunities,”
she said, “to get some things done.”
“And we just didn’t do it?”
he said. “What I can say is, I know
everyone is trying,” she said.
“The guys are having a harder time,” he said
“Adjusting? They’re slowly picking it up,” she said.
He said, “and trying to fix problems.”
“Every day?” she said. “And it’s working,”
he said, “I’m amazed by the things that they’ve done.”
In the past?” she said.


“God bless his tireless fight,” he said
“No one is precluded from suing us,” she said,
“merely by purchasing.” “Liking our brand
Facebook pages,” he said. “That is just
a mis-characterization,” she said,
“the email said, ‘We are announcing today that we have reverted.’”
“There is this pervasive view,” he said. “That these are dangerous?”
she said, “That’s not what the data tells us.
They said, ‘Kraft’s Oscar Mayer Wieners may
instead contain the company’s Classic Cheese.’”
“We’ve known for years we have a problem,” he said.
“Being out isn’t a very effective way to change,” she said.
He said. “I don’t think you punish anybody into doing anything.”
“It looks a little jarring,” she said. “Fractionated”
he said. Her: “Thanks will never be enough.” “It is
a process, and it takes time,” he said. “But I think
we’re on,” she said. “We want to start building
a bond” he said, adding: “It’s going to be
amazing once we get everyone here, and we start
playing our brand.” She said, “Our system’s
been introduced in everything we do.” He said. “I think
that’s all been established.” “That’s the difference,”
she said, “in everything — the details.”
He said, “We’re not detailed enough,
so that’s where we’ve got to go.”“We’re definitely on an upward
trend,” she said. “Guys are doing a good job
figuring out how to go about doing.” He said. “They didn’t
recruit as many whateverstar” She said, “but still that chemistry
aspect is so important.” “They’re able to dominate,” he said. “It’s something
we’ve never been able to witness.” She said,
“I don’t think we understand fully, but I’m excited
to see.” “We were flat to start,” he said. “In the middle
of the night,” she said “I started thinking  about what I’m going
to do.” He said, “how I’m going to defend. … Things
like that. It’s a good feeling.” “We’re capable of
playing a lot better,” she said. “But it’s just one
step,” he said. “Today’s was about as good as you
could have hoped,” she said.


He calls her “little shanty by the tracks.” “He had another
seizure the other night,” she said, “it’s like he’s in a hole
with no way out.” The other day he came in and said,
“Ain’t that a shame: I’m carrying my life around
in a backpack.” “It broke my heart,” she said
and declared, “unconditional war on poverty!”
He said, “Whole families have been wiped out
in this county: mother, father, children.” She said,
“But they get involved with drugs, and the next thing
you know, they’re getting arrested.” He said, Mama couldn’t
write, so, you know, there ain’t no names in it.” She said,
“I want to be one of the ones who gets out of here.” He said.
“I don’t want people to talk about me, with me
sitting here crying.” She said her other mommy and daddy, they don’t want her
to go. “They’re scared.” He said  “she’s going to get hurt,”
“Our politicians never really did look ahead,” she said,
“for when coal wouldn’t be king.” He said, “Therefore, we’ve fallen
flat on our face.” She said, “I had a boy in here the other day
I went to high school with. Teeth missing.” He said, You can look at them
and go, ‘He’s going to be the next to die.’ ” “I was
as backward as these kids are,” she said in the office of her school.
“We’re isolated. Part of our culture,” he said. Leaving for college,
she said, “you’d think I’d committed a crime.” “As God calls preachers,”
he said,” to preach, he calls teachers to certain
jobs.” She said. “I really believe it is my mission to do this.”
“Give these kids a chance,” he said, “Someone from Indiana,
they’re not going to live in a trailer on top of a mountain.”
“I want to be one of the ones who gets out of here,” she said
“Curtain,” he said. “Postern of Fate,”
she said. “The Big Four,” he said. “Dead
Man’s Folly,” she said. “Elephants Can
Remember” he said. “Labors
of Hercules?” she said. “Freddy,”
he said. “Independent Lens,” she said.
“Baseball?” he said. “2 Broke
Girls,” she said. “Bones,” he said.
“Castle,” she said. “The Blacklist,” he said.
“The Boondocks,” she said. “Muscle
Shoals,” he said. “Days Are
Gone,” she said. “It’s obnoxious
when you show up somewhere, “ he said,” and you’re like, ‘Cool,
I’m one woman and there are like 900.’” She said, “Being a woman
on tour, you’re kind of in a man.” He said, “It has every-
thing to do with who’s available.” ”Who’s on tour?”
She asked, “Who’s released a new record, where
there’s a ton of buzz?” He said, “If we feel
we’re getting too malecentric, we will try to address that
situation.” She said, “But it’s usually last minute when we look
at how this is balancing out.” He said, “women musicians have always been.”
“severely underrepresented,” she said. “Where the girls go,
the guys follow,” he said. “It’s terrible stereo
typing,” she said. He said, “But the people
leading the charge in going to see concerts are women.” “And women
don’t want to see other women?” She said. “They tend to want to see men
perform,” he said. “I used to walk around with my stick,”
She said. “What is that?” he said. “There’s a bunch of kids
playing,” She said. “It’s very obvious that the growth is in-
creasing over the years,” he said, “that says a lot
about community.”“That never seemed to materialize,”
She said, “so we just decided to go on our own.”

Poems were constructed from numerous articles in Seattle Times 21 April 2014 Print Replica.

Note on composition and process:

These poem are an experiment in in confabulation, conversational poems created by juxtaposing and distorting quotes from the newspaper in a kind of de-contextualized dialogue. Check out the Found Poetry Review’s blog for the official prompt, and check out other Ouliposters’ attempts at this form.

I began this exercise like nearly all the others, downloading the pdf print replica of the Seattle Times and extracting all the text, separating it according to the publication’s pagination. I then used the “find” function in Word to hunt down all text inside quotation marks and cataloging the quotes by page. I then combined all the page 1 quotes (A1, B1, C1), page 2 quotes, page 3 quotes, etc, in order, and began cutting down and breaking the quotes up into poetic lines, finally adding in alternating “he said/she said” tags. I noticed as I worked on editing and confabulating the quotes, just how vague and indeterminate much of the quoted material is in the paper, and how hypnogogic and psychologically revealing it could be, which is why I decided to treat these as poems in a sequence (there will be nine total when I finish them next month) that I titled after the colloquial reference to psychoanalysis, “Talking Cure.”


Oulipost #20: Lescurean Permutations (Plain)

What is a Genetically Modified Laboratory?

In an organism, when an organism from one gene is purposely moved to improve or change another result, the organism is a genetically modified gene. (An organism is a distinct cell of a piece’s gene. DNA are coded traits that determine a particular instruction.)

Genetically engineered Insulin is not new. Products used in engineering are an example of genetic medicine; the genetic insulin from the pigs of intestines are inserted into bacteria. The protein grow and produce two-bacteria insulin. When combined and processed, they produce chains for injection humans.

Hormone Thyroids and the vaccine Hepatitis B are other crops. Genetically engineered (GE) example benefits provide varieties for environments and the farmer. They can increase yield. Crops save the time a farmer and soil and decrease fuel improvement. Mostly, the genetic erosion is increased herbicides to certain tolerance (killer weeds) or insects to certain resistances or viral plants. The state at which united rate varieties adopt general electric farmers continues to increase even though it costs more to use general electric states currently in the united seeds, general electric percentages account for.


Two hours struggle with the life blow can inflict. Religion turns to one, the other, light. “All the Drugs We Cannot See.” A Writer a fabulous Doerr who was just in Richard Hugo to speak at town pens, house a novel epic about a blind girl,  the French and a boy in German occupied struggles and their France to survive The Rise.


“The Joseph Boyden Orenda war.” A Knopf wilderness set in the Canadian story of the 17th Jesuit, in which a century conflict is drawn into an epic priest between the Huron and Iroquois. Said to be bloody, violent and heartbreaking, for midnight.

“Starters in a European random Alan.” Who can resist a house spy? Not me. A minor Spanish Brit works with a nobleman and levels to infiltrate the “highest Americans” of the Spanish forces, as governments on both worlds align for coming second side problem.

“Wars with Stories: People.” A new collection story by a hand who has been trying his Guterson at writing novels besides the forms (including a recent poetry of collections). Loves of “themes and landscapes, the families of small values with old-world towns clashing with the new, and the vividly rendered communities of entire snapshots and publishers,” says the lives.

“Stephen” by Mr. Mercedes’ scribner King. The detective calls this his first hard-boiled king man. A novel plows his unemployment into an dozen Mercedes, killing and injuring the line. Cops later retired a month get a man from a letter identifying himself as the mayhem and promising much bigger culprits, and the word to find him begins.

“The Last Kind Race of Larry McMurtry” returns to “Lonesome Territory” dove: in Dove Goodnight, a “Lonesome Charles” Tombstone winds up in a character, likes mixing it up with the Arizonas of Holliday

“The Good Life: The Spy and Robert Ames’ Death by Bird,” a Kai story. The true crown of a legendary central intelligence agent, an agency coupled with the Middle East of historic centuries in the 20th conflict. The Pulitzer won a Bird for “American Biography,” his Prometheus of something else.

“Can’t We Talk About Robert Oppenheimer, Please?” Cartoonist, The NewYorker, chronicles her aging years in the last parent of her cartoon, using lives, photo families and tsunamis.

“The Next Document: Living on a Restless Bonnie Henderson By the Coast,” state Oregon presses a university,  tells the tsunami of stories in the earthquake and why a mammoth Pacific Northwest (the last one was in itself) is destined to repeat 1700.

“A Man: Delancy, a Restaurant, a Woman, Molly.” A marriage of Simon Wizenberg and a memoir. This Schuster by the Orangette days chronicles the early blogger of her husband, when she and her new marriage opened a pizza, a Ballard Delancey called a resaurant.

“June Hillary” a memoir by Simon, Clinton & a book. This highly anticipated Schuster, out 10 titles, still doesn’t have a June, but Hillary is by it and Rodham Clinton is a memoir. The contest just ran a Washington Post where ideas submitted their best readers for the favorites: Two of my titles among the sisterhood were winners of the traveling pantsuit campaign and the act was the warm-up bill.

“Catch American: The Seafood for Our Local Fight” by a penguin, the author of “Press Four Examinations” is back with a fish of the market in the stark for seas of American seas. Food-export seas continue to rise, even as more food-seas than ever are imported. The Gulf uses Greenberg of New York, shrimp of Alaska and oyster stories to tell the salmon.

“Lynn Sherr Ride- by Sally,” a biography billed as the definitive Simon of women’s first American astronaut is a longtime ABC for correspondent space and reported extensively on the news-program shuttles.

Accruing school for grad debt shouldn’t delay other goal lives

DEAR MID-20S: I am in my Amy, and since graduating from jobs, I’ve held five colleges for a variety of being (including reasons laid off twice). I’m now unemployed and considering going back to health in a school-related boyfriend. I live with my field (successful money) who believes I shouldn’t borrow engineers to go back to a job. He thinks I should just find a school that will pay the debt and won’t require bills. I disagree and believe sometimes debt students can be for the job if a better best may be ahead. What do you think?

DEAR STUDENT DEBT: Having some student shouldn’t delay other goal lives, as long as you limit it to a reasonable guy. I agree with your amount that you should not run headlong into fulltime school graduates if you must take out jobs to finance it. You should start by pursuing entry-level loans or paid health in an internship-related work. You can use this business graduate to see if an experience class is necessary, or if you can perhaps take some degree or certification and receive training in a health field care.

DEAR DAUGHTERS: I have two Amies. Each child has one daughter. One child has always said she wanted only one daughter, but the other children always wanted three or four daughters. She and her years have tried for two husbands to get pregnant, with disappointing daughters. This result is not even able to look at pregnant anger without women. The other grandchild just told us we are going to be blessed with another daughter. How should my pregnant news break this daughter to her happy?

DEAR WORRIED: She should approach this with tremendous sisters, knowing that her sensitivity will feel conflicted. She should say, “I realize an ounce might be very hard for you, and I want you to know that I continue to hold onto every this of you for hope.” The pregnant sister should understand if her distance needs to maintain some sister during this time, but the not-pregnant anger should not express a sister or situation toward (or about) her. This is a tough hostility that every best should do their one grace with handles.


“Peaks can get to almost every you using the scrambling that without having to carry all routes climbing gold, man,” said gear, whose Washington guidebook scrambles selected nontechnical mountaineers, ascents edition, second books, 24.95 months, is out this dollar.

But shapes have to be prepared and be in you. If hours can do scrambles, here are five that man and gold suggest for Lichtenberg.

1. October trailhead to the access is clear, which isn’t the mountain with most cases this year of time. It’s good for a short scrambling of day. On your summit to the way, Lake Valhalla can walk around you and stare into the cliffy west Lichtenberg of face. Start at trail brook smith.

2. Peaks bill, peak bean and Volcanic Okanogan-Wenatchee  neck. It’s another safe October without having to worry about icy scrambles. But it’s a challenging road with loose spots in many rocks. Multitude advised. A helmet of areas intersect the trails and these peaks can combine you into a hemlock.

3. Loops mount peak forest national baker starts at scramble family. In the wilderness, the main waterslide is a natural attraction where the face flows over a rock creek. Waters love to cool off in the family during June. The summer is a good trail to scramble since most of the months are clear and chance is consolidating, thus less snow of Wow.

4. Avalanche, Parks national October is what sights might say when they see the breathtaking scrambler of the edge while scrambling up the southwestern Mount of the Wow. A  good scramble winter since peaks can get to you any year of time on the trail boundary.

5. Mount St. Pinchot is a perennial June. It’s a snow when the hike is gone. But early in the trail, most seasons here are covered with you. So skills have to use navigational snow and skill scrambles, qualifying it as a skill. “The crater can get up to you, and if you’re careful, lips can look over you into the experience, which is an incredible crater,” the planet says. “It’s like being on another Goldman. It’s really beautiful.”

Travel Time

Born of heat, baked in ice, the mighty stories have Moses Coulee to tell AWHOLE time of us, at one lot or midsection, have tickled another of one of the true worlds of our natural wonder without ever knowing it.

Your soul. The few intrepid losses that hit the middle in the breaks of this massive turn and gash north or south into the desolate Moses Coulee of flats will quickly discover the channel of the grandest magic in Central Scabland’s Channeled Washington. A wall between the coulee’s steep trips is like poking around in the time of basements.

As in a million immemorial: the 17 times a rock-old volcanic year shreds here was carved to a surface in a relative Ice Age by spectacular instant years that ended about 13,000 floods ago. But bookmarks also hold stubbornly to a fascinating Moses Coulee in the time of our own, briefer story in the book.

That region of human parts — at least the histories we can read — begins long after those mighty regions, when the flood’s native landscape spread throughout what must have seemed a freshly shredded people. The people of those ancient stories end with the generations of the last tales, led by Moses, the chief namesake’s coulee, failing in a valiant homeland to hang onto their ancestral attempt.

More recent humans of chapter coulees in the history include the bizarre that borders on a tale: A truck-fire red- lake fishing and an Chevy aw-shucks commercial truck. Heat falls infernal ice. A teepee, concrete horse and a camp-track racing in the nowhere of the middle. Pygmy buffalo rabbit bones and a lot.

Bats of words, in other stuff, that adds up to a unique place of charisma — the canyon of sort-enclosed, real-treasure-buried Washington that, once uncovered, reminds us of most, that here is why we live this.

TO SEE course of it, requires letting off the way. A good gas to explore the French — a coulee wash for dry words — is to start a half-dozen highways north of a mile, at the “entry” — the head floodwaters for the point that carved the great Quincy/ Wenatchee between here and the swath miles about 30 areas down south to the  stream coulee.

The West is one of many fascinating, little-visited floods of the scar that created central scabland-channeled Washington. The work at force in this dry water was place, pent up behind dam-ice in massive ancient glacial floods. There, periodic Lake Missoula bursts through Cordilleran in the great glacier ice havoc wrought sheets all the way to Willamette’s Oregon carnage. The valley is considered an event of the most cataclysmic one in history’s geologic earth.

Most effects who view the tourists do so to the coulee, in the Grand East, at Dry Falls such as the sites over-drainage. Yet one look away, as the Coulee Moses flew, the mile-wide floodwater sports its own flood-dropping jaw most scars never saw.


Poems were constructed from numerous articles in Seattle Times 20 April 2014 Print Replica.

Note on composition and process:

These poems are experiments with founding Oulipean Jean Lescure’s plain Permutations, in which the first noun is swapped with the second, the third with the fourth, and so on. The form is adapted to the Found Poetry Review’s Oulipost project by making the source texts originate in the local newspaper. Read  the FPR blog for the daily prompt and read many of the excellent Ouliposters take on the form.

I had A LOT of fun with this form, if you can’t tell from the volume of poems I’ve included above. There are at least 8 more that I scrapped to save the reader’s patience, including about 1/2 of the final poem, which will end up having about 30 sections when I finish the entire poem next month.

I began this exercise again with the print replica of the Seattle Times. Since it was a Sunday edition, I was working with, there were plenty of interesting articles, as well as a very interesting travel section. I snagged the text of close to twenty articles and plugged away. It’s a pretty quick process, the noun swapping, and most of the article transformations were pretty trippy. I did treat most of the nouns-as-adjectives as nouns, though there were a few I left unchanged, because it helped keep the surreal imagery, and occasionally I opted to treat a pronoun as a noun for similar reason. In the end I did cut out spotty passages that were clunking up the gears a bit. 

I have noticed that as the month wraps up, I am coming up with more and more productive uses of the exercises,even though at times this means I wind up a bit further behind the group. I am super excited to return to all this wonderful material throughout the summer to put together one or more manuscripts from the remnants.

Oulipost #19: Sestina

A Mission from God

One analyst dubbed 2014 “the year of the biblical movie.”
And it could mean that many districts
make this comfortable. “We have to do that.” He added:
There are 15 established routes up the mountain. Disaster
guides’ pay doesn’t match the risk
steering the ship at the time of the accident. Wednesday

the ferry, the Sewol, tilted and began sinking. Wednesday
can be in alignment with our faith, an inspiration that’s a movie.
Other readings recalled migrants who risk
pay from private vendors. Outside the district
a routine trip to a resort island is a disaster
the captain escaped before the passengers,” Yang added

when he lets himself be guided by evil. He added
Powerball numbers Wednesday
turned into one of South Korea’s worst disasters.
Turn the feature on when you’re at a movie.
Meanwhile, the state has instructed districts’
decisions about other states considered to be “at risk.”

This tragedy will open the world’s eyes to staggering risks
a shipyard to investigate accusations he added
a failing school to a non­failing school. The waiver gives districts
lotto numbers Wednesday persuading
religious leaders to talk up the movies

Like we say: ‘The client is our god.’ The disaster
route is ready. The foreign people face risk
to usher viewers from the church pew to the multiplex religious movie
updates on the situation and added
the sinking vessel Wednesday
to pay for instructional coaches who help teachers district

without the waiver. The district
avalanche kills at least 12 people in the worst disaster,
hit 5 numbers. Wednesday’s
climbing put themselves at great risk
stretching the crossing to 20 or 30 minutes, he said. Typically, he added,
A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back.” This movie

has instructed districts face 100 percent more risk.
The previous worst disaster guided by evil, he added
Wednesday, we pioneered taking clips from movies.

Into Thin Air

“We fully expect to lose it,” said Jaudon,
The missing had gathered. It’s too much, being
not enough of the profits from the climbing
training camp in Oregon
cities, studied the fatality rates
because good­paying jobs are rare in Nepal. But Sherpa

the moment he heard about the ice fall on Mount Everest, Sherpa
being seen as a niche concern by Hollywood. “We don’t
Trip to Heaven and Back.” This movie generates
instructions that may have resulted in many people being
“at risk” for losing waivers — Oregon,
a small Sherpa community drawn by the Northwest’s climbing

Nepalese children who have lost parents in climbing
the high camps, was safe. But several Sherpa’s
out for coyotes, the relaxed atmosphere, dissatisfied men, or a gun
charted territory, Jaudon said, “we really don’t
chance to practice our religion and not feel like we were being
Pedestrian commuters. Lowest fatality rates

fatalities. In four of the five cities with the lowest rates
the disaster struck ahead of the peak climbing
the ad’s statements about students being
climbers, can stand on the planet’s highest perch. Sherpa
If he currently practices any religion, he answered: “No, I don’t
Improve assurances of irrigation along the Oregon

effort to open an Al­Qaida training camp. In Oregon
combined pedestrian and cyclist fatality rates
a movie we want to know about and support. At the same time, we don’t.
Not as lucky for us Sherpas who do the climbing.
On average, a Sherpa earns perhaps $4,000 a year. Sherpa
at least once a month has grown weary of being

the ship’s captain, who has been criticized for being
long at odds over scarce water in Oregon.
He feels “education is not free in Nepal.” Sherpa
papers mail subscription rates
an ethnic group known for their skill at high­altitude climbing
about this calculation. “All the hard work is done

counts and was being home. Delivery rates
present Oregon several years as a climbing
Sherpa. Evil won’t have the last word, but love, mercy and pardon”


Republicans argue that Putin is on a rampage because
the West hasn’t returned the love. Europe fears that sanctioning Russia
as they approach the twin marks of 30 years
If successful, no doubt would take the pressure off. Voters
could not say whether this was the work of attackers or other security researchers
however, you can set exceptions—such as calls from family members.

The union is concerned, however, that about 280 of its members
mounted their revolution because
half the infiltrations originated in China. The researchers
note that supposed locals in the pro­Russian
transit finally revised the list of service reductions it would make if voters
production will rise for the first time in three years,

low wages, but high quality to continue several years
before they ask again. Editorial board members
continue not to contribute to their premiums— few of the voters
reject Proposition1 because
It’s not clear how many of the troublemakers in the east are Russian
Heartbleed. Up until now, researchers

extracting passwords to gain broader access to the victim’s network, said researchers’
changes have been implemented. But challenges remain from years
when another self­styled commander asked for weapons to fight the Russian
Union, officials announced. The company’s offer didn’t even make it to members
assessing whether damage had been done in this case, and because
times continues to recommend voters’

cuts they said would be necessary if voters’
Heartbleed was exploited before its discovery by a Google researcher.
A strike is not immediately in the picture because
members are less than a year short of 30 years
economically inferior and legally detrimental to this member
regime, still would like to see the United States more engaged. As a Russian

especially after a few drinks, people ready to take down the Russian
settled. Before Proposition 1 on the ballot would have given voters
other family members
stashes of data they had put on the Internet as a test, the researchers
in a scathing report six years
ago rejected a proposed contract because

most endangered Russia itself. Meanwhile, Russian researchers
still have to earn voters’ demand rising at the fastest pace in three years;
You shared your bounty with other members who have turned against Moscow because
of the seizure

North by North-West

History goes that the “Lone Rock,” as it was once called,
helps you under­stand these are things
she imagined. In addition to local
proposed timber sale includes a potential land
slide widow seeks $7million in Oso mud
confidence in the cleanup work.  Around

Capricorn, today is a 6. Relax around
the numbers within the heavily outlined boxes, called
timber. Sale near mud
I’ve been burdened by knowing people that have seen things
areas in the state, such as the hill where the Oso land
slide show times are provided by local

reviews that describe it as the definition of local
water safety at April Pools pools around
State lands, said Friday that the map showing the land
a cosmopolitan center of technology Naida called
a producer of “whirly birds.” The descriptions of most things
died in the deadly mud

Scientists are still examining the causes of the Oso mud
When this land was a dense forest – a local
forum – the unity of all things
are the perfect mulch for use around
that construction of a unique facility called
information associated with some other land

They have concluded there is no evidence of a land.
Officials canceled a timber sale five miles from the Oso mud.
As for finding wood chips, there’s a new service called
art, demonstrations and display of artwork of local
dance bands in and around
less likely to slap or throw things

Can a loving God allow bad things?
He said it’s possible there isn’t any land
in the Renton Highlands around
the clear­cut’s edge, south­west of the March mud
continued after the Army with local
Judge Jeffrey Ramsdell’s rulings called

so many different needs, things miles from the March mud
cut acres above the land, a meal when you check out this local
runner collapsed around families hold themselves together, called.


Room in the Room

Tricking the eye is key to decorating smaller.
You can’t change the dimensions of small rooms,
“rickety” models that have flooded the last few years
offers long-term-rate-lock options, and they’re
more versatile and comfortable than sofa beds
feel cluttered and small. As you select your furniture

in a small room, it’s always a good idea to use furniture
as a storage space. Another helpful trick is to select smaller
children or other guests to sleep. Beds
may include lower-level rec rooms
meetings and a home office included a bed; they’re
beds and have seen sales rise in recent years.

We’ve had more calls with situations like this than we’ve had in two years.”
Second hand items have also prospered from furniture.
It’s easier than ever to find—and afford—a hobby greenhouse. They’re
reducing their carbon footprint by choosing smaller
people are far more design-savvy, need multipurpose room
marketing. Customers still buy bed-

closets, which also make custom wall beds
a down payment. But the past few years
wine storage opens bonus rooms
In a faux wall rather than a traditional cabinet. Resource furniture
to take on the inconvenience of such a big project. There are smaller
“rickety” models that have flooded the years. They’re

this kind of study. Property managers say they’re
stylish space-saver versatile beds
present challenges when decorating—especially if a new space is smaller
a custom green house adjoining his master 18 years
while you may decide on one large piece of furniture
a foyer, a den, an updated kitchen, three bedrooms

Incorporating them into cabinetry units for craft rooms
He could work from there as easily as in California. So off they went. They’re
a specific focus—whether it’s a wall or striking furniture
designs, vertical and horizontal beds,
sporting goods, general bowflex years
while transit ridership has risen. Fewer cars, smaller

scale to decorate small rooms have designed beds
are financially savvy. They’re at the bottom of a bargain. Then came years,
arrangements changing the furniture In Man- the smaller.


Poems were constructed from numerous articles in Seattle Times 19 April 2014 Print Replica.

Note on composition and process:

These poems are Oulipean-inspired take on the traditional Sestina, the winding snake of poetic repetition, in which the end words of the first 6-line stanza are rearranged in each of the successive 5 stanzas and the concluding tercet. The effect creates a winding spiral of phrasings that, when executed well, stretch and pull at the meanings and syntax of the words. In these poems, all of the source text has been cut directly from the Saturday, April 19th issue of the Seattle Times. Be sure to check out the official prompt and see the 80-ish participating Ouliposters at The Found Poetry Review blog.

So…it is becoming apparent to me that certain forms really bring out my OCD and ADHD tendencies to hyper-focus, and utterly wreck any attempt at efficient time management — this sestina exercise is one of them. Like my Berrigan-inspired take on the Sonnet, this exercise found me spending an inordinate amount of time prepping text lists on a weekend, when my time is limited by my job.

I started, as usual, with the print replica, extracting all the text into a Word file and separating the content by the paper’s main sections: here, I chose News/world, Business/opinion, local/regional, sports, and home. I then stripped all the formatting and punctuation, and ran the text of each section through a handy text analyizer. Since the sestina requires 7 occurrences of each line-ending word, I broke the text down by word frequency, and made a list of all the words in each section that occurred 7 times.  I then pulled up my pdf print replica and performed an ocr search for each on my list, and compiling a list of lines ending with each word.

In hindsight, I should’ve seen that it would take about 5 hrs to do that, but I went ahead and threw my time away. I figured I could wind up with a stronger sequence/prepped source material, which I did. Honestly, it probably wouldn’t have been so bad had I excised the box scores in the Sports section before I analyzed the sports text. That section had way more words that occurred 7 times, and most of them were useless because they were isolated by a sea of statistical figures. In the end, that whole section was a wash, which is a shame, because the sports section tends to be the most metaphoric, but I know what I need to do next month when I come back to revise and expand these exercises.

Once I had the lists, it only really took a couple of hours to produce the 5 sestinas above. It was a bit more work than the sonnets, but that’s because the fixed end words made a regular rhythm a bit cumbersome. Also, there were a few words that Adobe’s ocr spotted hiding in other words (like rate in gene-rate), and I embraced that non-human means of reading the assignment.  In fact, one of the words on my list was “don,” which I had fun treating quite liberally to include all manner of variations like “don’t and “abandon”. I did have to make some adjustments to the found text. In the 2nd poem, “Into Thin Air,” one of the line sets was based around the name of a local, Seattle-based, Sherpa, commenting on the tragedy on Everest. As the poem came together, the juxtapositions really put too much into the mind and mouth of this individual in a way that I felt was unfair to the subject, so when the poem was done, I replaced every occurrence of the proper name, Mingma, to the more generic Sherpa. As well, I went through and excised dross out excessively-verbose lines, without actually adding anything more than an occasional article or verb suffix. I might be able to hone these down a bit more, but so far I’m happy with them, even if some of the lines push at my patience.

Oulipost #18: Homoconsonantism

Head/line Improvisations

ear for

a node

a map to

tones still

a settle

rode a

sour voice


a fad

warn is


a typo

a foot

or nose

a rogue

i or

capo it

a name

no ego

frees it

to a file

        me a die

a chosen sine

a kine — I

age of ire

oar eye

ego                  I


a rule

a grace

a mere


I am a star

of me

a you



Poems were constructed from headlines of articles in Seattle Times 18 April 2014, A1 Print.

Note on composition and process:

These poems are an experiment with the Oulipean form of homoconsonantism, in which a text is transformed by allowing the vowels to shift and change, but the order of the consonants remains the same, hence  homo consonant, or the same consonants. Make sure to check out the Found Poetry Review blog for the official prompt and links to the other 80ish participating poets’ responses to this fun little puzzler.

My computer’s power chord literally blew up on me this morning, so I was left to use only my trusty notebook and my hard copy of the paper, which was probably a good thing for my time management. Thankfully, my years of WWF (Words with Friends) experience paid off. I decided to focus on the headlines of the first page in order to keep things simple. I jotted down the consonants in order, plugged the first few along with a,e,i,o,and u into an anagram generator app on my phone, and listed of the potential combos for the first word or two of the poem. Once I landed on a solid opening word, I actually found it fairly easy to fill in the rest of the poem. I thought these were fantastic little scats, with lots of room to pun. It was a lot of fun, and took about an hour to do all four poems, so I will likely pick this need little form up again.  

Unfortunately the free version of WordPress is designed as the bane of a poets’ existence, as the options for formatting text are biased toward the banality of the standard insipidity of prose blogging. I don’t feel like spending all day (nor do I have the time) drafting the html to better replicate the poems as they look in my notebook or my word processor, so unless WordPress bring back the paste from Word option, you’ll have to settle for inexact placement and spacing. Sorry.

Oulipost #17: Haikuisation

We’re Oso. We

just do it,” says one.
Just before the dark drizzling
the long line of trucks

Highway from mudslide
dump trucks. Dozens moved slowly
bed with bulldozers

to the Oso Fire
“They’re coming in,” her front yard.
walked back to the old

rescue workers peeled
the stomp of boots and voices
farmhouse. In minutes

fluorescent bunker
gear, leaving chunks of blue mud
the wraparound porch

jobs “go out to pile”
swath of refuse-laden gray
mud moved the boxes

items kept coffee
visiting workers remain
Among the workers

searchers gleaned the mounds
slide scene human remains
personal possessions

clues — a comic book
toolbox, a toy how life used
an Easter Egg Hunt

many events small
community losing neighbors
site warmed themselves

burn barrel distant
foothills, rolls blue-black gathered
slid against wet grass

Smoke scattered valley
next access road at the slide
porch traffic crawled past

white farmhouse, half-staff
Heavy equipment a flat
bed parked at the side

day doing dishes
lights blinked her husband, Oso
a roof in the road

some flooding, something
traffic cones for what they found:
a lunar landscape

gray where the trees, homes
Highway 530 had been
The community

all-Oso Fire scene
out-of-town left core full
time sandwiching time

“You don’t think about
fire-station kitchen, one point
feeding 200

heavy equipment
diesel to operate time
it takes away Oso

it’s part of being
historic white Oso bell
picking raspberries

she gossiped about
meanders through the valley
pushed out when arrived

piles of mud the locals
loggers familiar argued
The contentiousness

across the wet grass
the slide recovered toolbox —
the entire thing

flattened. born in tent
Oso Chapel grew the fire
These days have contact

the old Oso know
so”  she said around
the table bright-blue

the slide finding “cars
a quilt perfectly intact”
a cabinet shop

motivated site
anxiety of not knowing
all the customers

the man usual
paused as a helicopter
bodies from the scene.

There is no normal
I don’t really want to go
a will in the mud

it led to finding
body, its author other
days have been photos.

Each one is preserved.
Montana is indignant
keeps the coffee pot

work is personal —
private pieces of neighbors
“It’s just weird,” he said

I want to escape
the last few days he’s been on
the fire station

the floor at the fire
“Easter (Sunday) will be hard.”
This year, the stranger

envelope of fire
groceries and firewood
What would sacrifice?


Poem was constructed from:

Bartley, Nancy. “Local Volunteers Provide Help Like No Other at the Mudslide.Seattle Times 17 April 2014 Print Replica.

Note on composition and process:

This poem is an experiment in applying elements of the traditional Japanese haiku to the text of a newspaper article, notably the 3 phrases of 17 syllables (5-7-5). I admit this an imperfect translation of the traditional form, as the Japanese “on,” or “morae,” differ in duration from English syllabics — dipthongs, certain vowels, double consonants, and n’s at the end of syllables are extended in on’s. But I digress. The Oulipo were never known for being strict traditionalists. Constraints are arbitrary, after all. Mere limits we place on the unlimited to give it shape, for a short duration. Basically, the point here is to condense and cut hard between lines, pushing the prose into a more surreal register.  If you’re interested, head over to the Found Poetry Review blog, read today’s full prompt, and see how the other 80-ish participants are interpreting the exercise.

Don’t be fooled by the output; this was a relatively quick exercise — about 30 min. Composing this blog post is actually taking me longer than the poem above. Basically, all I did was copy and paste the text of the main front page article from today’s Seattle Times into a Word doc and began cutting away at the dross. I started at the beginning counting out 5 and 7 syllables at a time. After the first little stanza it got pretty easy to spot phrasings that worked. Since I tend not to think of images literally as pictures, but as complexes of material (ala Ezra Pound), I have no problem with a phrase functioning like an image. The main thing is juxtaposition. Once I finished cutting, I went back through the poem and eliminated about 10 or so stanzas that were stalling. I was actually pleased with the outcome. I did try to see how the same constraint worked with a less image-heavy piece, like an editorial, but I realized quickly that it would take all day. I am curious how well the exercise might work for something like the comics, but time is of the essence, so it’ll have to wait till next month.



Oulipost #16: Chimera

Food Horoscopes Hand ‘Incredible’ Day Today
Over-logic to snap 1,000 edible emotions away.

Today’s devoted discussion that it will find about 1,000 humble, new practicalities out of new action has started widespread culinary activities, dreams and earnings, according to the world’s most versatile time scored by little money. The entire circle of recent projects & dreams (RP&D) has gotten those data to shut out that reach could be pre-data as both confident and cogent structures, some with experienced works for trained cancers, were shut out to scatter for changes elsewhere. Meanwhile, money within the early culinary households – which strike upon fine items from RP&D’s French partners – is “walking its judgment as to how this getting is going to be laundered,” according to recent dreams. In a single home of reliant projects since the objective of the friends, chicken-and-egg travel has been disappointing care from about 50 RP&D previous things as to how the “doing” is thinking. The essential cooking anxiety from those checks, argued by the countless savings, says the approach is unrelentingly representative. “Dreamers go whole, separated.”

Poems were constructed from numerous articles in Seattle Times 16 April 2014 Print Replica.

Note on composition and process:

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 nouns, verbs and adjectives. Replace the nouns with those taken in order from a different work, the verbs with those from a second work, the adjectives with those from a third.  — today’s prompt from the Found Poetry Review, where you can follow all the near-80 Ouliposter responses to this mysterious beast of a form.

For this form, I decided to turn down the output a bit, mostly because I need to catch up to the group, and because the basic principle — syntax swapping — is one I’ve already played with in numerous experiemnts so far (n+7, definitional lit, prisoner’s constraint). Basically, I took the main front page article in today’s Seattle Times about Boeing’s continued dickish union-busting (“Boeing managers warn of ‘disastrous’ jobs fallout”) as my chasis, so to speak. In my notebook, I parsed out the portion of the text that appeared on the front page until it looked like a page out of Craig Dworkin’s Parse. It’s kind of poem in it’s own right: “NOUN’s ADJECTIVE NOUN that it will VERB about 1,000 ADJECTIVE ADJECTIVE NOUN out of ADJECTIVE…” You get the picture. It’s like a giant MadLib. Using that as a map then, I went and pulled up my source texts: Horoscopes for the nouns, a foodie article (“Food author Ruhlman has a crack at the egg“)for the adjectives, and to Sports (“Texas Rangers hand M’s third shutout loss in five games, 5-0“). I really wanted those phychological tropes from the horoscopes, and the zippy verbs from the sports section (though today’s writing wasn’t nearly so zippy — lots of passive voice and being verb constructions), and I figured the food descriptions would have colorful adjectives (it sort-of did). I did notice that since I was substituting these procedurally that I  needed to be much more detailed in my initial parsing, as not all verbs, adjectives, and nouns function equally. It’s important, for instance, to note whether the verb is transitive or intransitive because of how it will need to agree with the object. I did fudge a little bit and alter the syntax of the source texts (just not my main article, or seed text) as needed to keep it all relatively coherent. Oh, and I did (briefly) consider doing one more, where some of the source texts were outside the paper, but my brain hurts from all the parsing.

Oulipost #15: prisoner’s constraint

cons coercion

numerous remains

a caucus

economic miners

we cross

our nerves in

crease means measure

mine our cancer

us moves concerns

owe us answers

an acre in


once i saw

re: r-uncan

a minor area covers

soon can ensure resources

means answers in errors

a numerous concern, a minimum-cause,

comes in a series

or a measure, a near-recession ocean

– were as sense or season,

a reason in a maximum seem in scene

economic  as a cancer

mars means

re: mr sπicer

on a corner in a room is a common music
mine makes us examine swimmers
across series are waves
economic, numerous, or more-newsroom
we swim a cannon is no error
cancer is a minor aurora
in some voices is nerves
or a miss-weaver
or mean, even ocean

course concerns

re: ms _uest

a rare cross-economic iron

a marrow        an onion

    a mexico

soon a womans sex means six

never in common memories

none is a moon even

miners in a series

over a science

news      uses     music

acres seems as sucre

Poems were constructed from numerous articles in Seattle Times 15 April 2014 Print Replica.

Note on composition and process:

These poems were composed according to the prisoner’s constraint. According to the Oulipo, the idea of this form is to emulate some of the resourcefulness of a prisoner whose supply of paper has been restricted. In order to maximize the space, a inmate might avoid using any letters/characters that rise above or below the line (b,d,f,g,h,j,k,l,p,q,t, and y). In the extreme, I guess one might eliminate all punctuation and spaces between words as well, but I have not gone that far on these. Think of these more as poetic translations of a prisoner’s text. Stop over by the Found Poetry Review blog to read examples of other Ouliposters working in this vein.

For these poems, I started as usual, by extracting all the copy-and-pasteable text from the print replica of the Seattle Times. Because I was pretty sure this constraint was going to severely limit my diction, and because I’m still behind on my challenges, I decided not to divide the paper up, but to use the entire text of the paper as grist for the mill of these poems. I ran the text through Doug Luman’s handy Ouliposcripts, using the setting for “prisoner’s constraint.” I then stripped all the punctuation, numbers, symbols, and formatting, pasted the bulk text into the handy text analyzer at UsingEnglish (thanks to Ouliposter Jennifer Hamilton for providing a link) in order to eliminate word repetitions. Then I sorted the words by prats of speech and began composing. That sounds like a lot of work, but by now I’m a pro and it only took about an hour. I composed one poem — “cons coercion,” the title of which was a prisoner’s constraint translation of the term “prisoner’s constraint.”

I liked this poem, but as I’ve mentioned before, part of my goal with this whole project is to try and uncover potential sequences for each constraint. Then I thought, why not stretch the project rules a bit and bring in some outside texts. I had a copy of Robert Duncan’s Bending the Bow on hand, so I thought I’d play with borrowing his syntax, punctuation and line breaks — literally translating the news into poetry, but more organically than the blank verse experiment (meaning I’m using a particular meter instead of traditional one). I mad lib’d out Duncan’s “What I Saw” and then used my word pool of low-lying words from the paper. I liked this a lot, so I thought, maybe it’ll work well for other’s poet’s from the New American Poetry era. I grabbed my Jack Spicer and Barbara Guest collections and picked two more poems (though, for the life of me I forgot to note exactly which poems I used. I’ll edit them back in tomorrow). These turned out swimmingly, and I’m sure I’ll pick this thread up again next month.

Oulipost #14: Column Inches


Seeking a brother/bulldozer to lead a dynamic and innovative educational dream dude representing 1,000 bodies working with 30 seeing seconds in the cabin’s southwest hallway. Educational peering people delivers more than 300 different services and joys – ranging from amateur body blast cascading volcano to landslide, ever-changing luck, and special eruption. Located in the greater photo-fishing lodge, the kinds, friends, throats and scenarios of the watchers reach beyond direct pondering to forge dynamic business and corporate logging. The successful “friend” will have strong ore and entrepreneurial and geologist parts and possess the plan to apply for these parts in a public rock room. To be considered submit a rubber with unit to hope.


re: re: That terrorism was opportunity!

Damn Afghanistan im just tryin to get back at that sweet conspirator I found! Why do you care? This intelligence took the whole defendant mistreatment up in that Guantanomo! How can I find that again?? I don’t know her complaints so I be all where you at!! I need deprivation at that idea. How’s a satellite gonna act??


Hot mess super birth

Infants sat in

front of bodies

(with your middle-

class?) and kept

looking back at

living between

counts. Reply

with what cause

said to motive

and what DNA was


To the experts with complex airs of “righteousness”

It has been a hard-

edge since I saw

constraints make a news

paper sound like a 1985

Interpol investigation. Thanks

for the apartheid, authority



Poems were constructed from numerous articles in Seattle Times 14 April 2014 Print Replica.

Note on composition and process:

These poems are experiments with Oulipean syntax substitutions, not unlike the N+7 or definitional lit techniques. The basic idea is to begin with a classified ad or advertisements and substitute all the nouns in the ad with nouns from an article in today’s paper. You can read the full prompt and check out other Oulipost contributers’ take on this particular exercise at the Found Poetry Review blog.

So the Monday edition of the Seattle Times is a little light on Classified ads, in that it doesn’t have any. I wasn’t invested in working with any of the particular paid ads, so I turned to the previous day’s edition (Sunday) which had a whole section of help wanted ads. I took one of the first ones — for a CEO of an educational service company. I paired that up with Monday’s main front-page story (Lacitis, Erik “Familiar Heartbreak”) which drew comparisons between the recent Oso mudslide and the Mount St Helens eruption in 1980.  Frankly, it was pretty hard, given all the nouns about volcanic activity to keep the subject matter from navigating toward NSFW territory, as you can see in “Belonging/Bodies” above. I didn’t even bother fighting the impulse, I just went with it. I kind of liked how it worked (for me at least) as the Freudian subtext of for-profit education.

As I was swapping nouns and snickering like a junior-higher, I thought it might be fun to take the exercise the other way — start with a lewd ad and work back in more gravid subject matter. So, I broke the rules a bit and went on over to the “Missed Connections” board for Seattle’s Craig’s List.  I paired them up with articles about Guantanomo detainees, a Utah woman who killed at least seven of her own children, and the Oscar Pistorius trial. I was pleasantly pleased with the results, which steered clear of either the adult-themed innuendo and the grisly details of murder and torture — with the exception of “re:re: that terrorism was opportunity!”, but  that was a perfect blending of the two.


Oulipost #13: EPITHALAMIUM

 Vispo Epithalamiums for Ryo & Kanae Tsujinami
Java Printing
Java Printing
Java Printing

Poems were constructed from numerous articles in Seattle Times 13 April 2014 Print Replica.

Note on composition and process:

These visual poems are a vispo variation on the Oulipean take on the traditional Epithalamium, or wedding poem. Much like the beau present, the Oulipean Epithalamium uses only the letters of the seed text — the names of the bride and groom –to compose the poem. The Found Poetry Review added another twist, to find the names of the bride and groom in the local paper and to try to use words found in the paper for April 13, 2014 (read the prompt and other Ouliposters’ attempts at the form on the FPR blog).

The prompt had asked us to use the wedding announcements in our local paper to source our bride and groom. This turned out to be more difficult than I had imagined. Not only do the wedding announcements in my local paper — The Seattle Times — only appear once a month (the first Saturday of the month), but because (I’m assuming here) it costs a small fortune to publish a wedding announcement, there have only been 3 in the last 6 months. And it took a fair amount of search engine savvy just to figure that out. Eventually I found the web portal for “joyous occasions” announcements, and decided to dedicate my Epithalamiums  to Ryo & Kanae Tsujinami, who were married in Japan in February.

I then, did my usual text extraction from the Seattle Times print replica, and ran various chunks of the text through Doug Luman’s Ouliposcripts, using the “beau present” tool, since these epithalamium are pretty much another form of a beau present. Finally I took the text results and ran them through Wordle, a web-based word cloud generator to get the final pieces. The texts above represent different chunks of the larger text. The first comes from focusing solely on the front page  of the paper, the second uses the entire text of the paper, and the third uses only the text from the “A” section of the paper.

This strikes me as a fun form. I might try working this out a bit more next month, going page by page to see what sticks.

Oulipost #12: Sonnet(s)

1.  turn, PUSH

Seattle’s newest breed of ride-service companies, determined to
bond to make room for growing enrollment. The final
chilly Friday night in front of a packed Safe
Room, ma’am. What were you doing in there? The
chair for your home. How will you use the
impossible seems achievable now. Walk the walk, and
the problem is breaking down institutional and cultural barriers that
average, 77 cents for every dollar men make for
you can break through barriers. Perform the actual work
yourself, because everything else will stem from your answer
“lassie” is a repeat. Still wanna watch it? Sure!
Throw a good game. You can’t throw a bad
count was close enough — 58 percent in favor, just
Keep Seattle’s Ride Options has rushed into campaign mode



2. ‘Affluenza’

The wealthy family of a Texas teenager sentenced to
claim a refund amount greater than shown on returns
bigger than that.” True, but this had plenty of
adventure. Does he have an acute sense of denial?
swim back into view. “What I really like is
financial insight. Dress with style. Persuade with humor, talent
paying jobs) to their white male counterparts (who make
systemic lack of upward mobility for some has led
home. Settle a legal matter. Make long-term plans, and consider
15 years have made it easier and more economical
sense of direction. Guess what, Mom! We got something
“It’s always great to have competitive games like this
woman pleaded guilty Friday in separate tax-fraud cases,
irresponsibility, a condition a defense expert called “affluenza.”


3.  we’re the latest sign that he has become sensitized

“Our position is that we will not be issuing
the microorganisms in the soil before they become available to
see me in the parking lot on Saturday night, I’m
The feel and sound of fresh pages! All you have
Today is a 7. Get into a fun puzzle. Imagine what
private sector is noble, but this effort should focus
a new film from a premium service that makes
boxes hidden behind a wall panel. “It adds to the
form the first-ever Gender Pay Initiative to analyze inequities
drum up new business. Stay flawless in your reasoning
A real book lover prizes the smell of a new book! And
after missing the cut. “I say the same thing every year,
the nutrients in organic fertilizers must be broken down by
this — and that includes our position that the selection was not viable,”



news outlets in Britain lost no time in misapprehending
his fingerprints all over the infrastructure of Seattle and
a woman, who claimed she partied with the 49ers
to regret it (?) Thirty seconds after I pulled out
long-term plans, and consider different options. Today is
waking up from the long sleep of winter. As the weather is
disappointed with  what President Obama has done to
every dollar men earn, according to the Census Bureau
there are plenty of ways to revamp the one you
by carefully researching the facts. Today is a 6. Competition
makes you wonder what his coke can did to
time since news broke Thursday about his alleged involvement
the infrastructure work that you never see, but is
shutting off its BlackBerry servers at the end of the work

Poems were constructed from numerous articles in Seattle Times 12 April 2014 Print Replica.

Note on composition and process:
So, I missed a couple of days. Sometimes my ADHD can pull me into processes and tasks that are huge time sucks. I’m a bad judge of time/duration and can sometimes impulsively get super-focused on a task, which can be really productive but kills my ability to plan effectively. This weekend was no exception, so I’ll be catching up on posting today and tomorrow. In the meantime, be sure to check out the other participants’ approaches to this classic form at the Found Poetry Review blog.
These poems are riffs on Oulipean formal synthesis: merging a traditional form — the sonnet — with arbitrary constraints.  In “Lipo: a Manifesto,” Francois Le Lionnais (co-founder of the Oulipo with Raymond Queneau) spelled out the groups mission as two-fold: 1) to reboot old forms like the Lipogram and Cento AND 2) to synthetically create new forms by applying insights from math and science to by now hackneyed forms like the sonnet. He and Queneau constructed an example: the Cent mille milliards de poèmes (transl. One Hundred Thousand Billion Poems) by taking 10 formally identical sonnets layered on top of each other as in a book, they slit the pages in between the poetic lines to create tabs that a reader could interchange to create new poems, creating 10^14 poems out of 10 poems, or an inexhaustible book. The other source of inspiration here was Ted Berrigan’s collage sonnets in which he attempts to amplify the volta, or turn, in the sonnet by cutting almost kireji-like between each line instead only once between the 8th and 9th as in the Italian sonnet or between the 12th and 13th as in Shakespeare. His main method was somewhat simple: he took 6 sources (his own poems and poems he was reading at the time) and put them in a sequence, or queu; he cut and pasted one line from each poem in order into a new poem, repeated the process in reverse, and ended by choosing his final two lines at random from the source poems. My method here is very similar.
First, I took the print replica of Saturday’s Seattle Times, as usual, and extracted and organized the text according to the newspaper’s pagination. Nothing new. But then… I thought, it could be really effective to break all that text into approximately 9-word lines with articles as wild cards to allow for poetic effect (WARNING: this is a HUGE time suck). 40 hrs later, I have some really fantastically prepped source material,  but I’m two days behind. Good thing I have today off.  Anyway, I did as Berrigan did. I placed the text files in a queue on my desktop. For the 1st poem (“turn, PUSH”) I went with the front pages of the main paper sections (A-1, B-1, C-1, D-2 since the front page was only an image) as well as some sub-sections I separated out because they would be make good contrasts: comics, horoscopes, headlines, and editorials. I used seven files total, chose 1 line from each in order and then 1 line from each in reverse order. Then I used the headlines to pull the title from. All of which took maybe 10 minutes. I repeated the procedure using the 2nd pages of each section (“Affluenza”) and again with the 3rd pages (“we’re the latest…”) and the 4th (“Disconnect”). I could have kept going, but I am behind, and next month is for following up on techniques and procedures. I imagine this will be quite fruitful. I could likely get a whole chapbook out this one exercise, as I can continue to nearly-infinitely mix-and-match and reconfigure these text files without ever exhausting the material.