OULIPOST WARM-UP #3: BEAUTIFUL OUTLAW (BELLE ABSENTE)

The outlaw in question is the name of the person (or subject) to whom the poem is addressed. Each line of the poem includes all the letters of the alphabet except for the letter appearing in the dedicated name at the position corresponding to that of the line: when writing a poem to Eva, the first line will contain all letters except E, the second all letters except V, and the third all letters except A.

Choose someone mentioned …in your newspaper to whom to address your poem. Compose a beautiful outlaw poem following the procedure outlined above and using words sourced from your newspaper text.

The name I chose was Jayne. This kind of poem is a lot more time-consuming than it would seem at first glance!



 

Past a Certain Anniversary

Like cavefish underground, we run comparatively blind. Our sexual techniques freeze

into bronze hypertension; still, etiquette should not be forced or urged, just expected — some pesky juvenile wish,

struck as a deal with required convictions: jobs, the impact of tax, marriage, size

of shared assets, quickest exit strategy (with a blaze?). Such projects move

far past any obvious quick fix or adjoining waltz. Until harm do us part.

SOURCE The Evansville Courier & Press, 3/21/14: 3 dead, 8 injured in Jersey shore motel fire, Evansville man arrested in Henderson on human trafficking charges, Abigail Weismann gets her wish, Judge strikes down Michigan’s ban on gay marriage, Legislation seeks to identify new revenue sources for funding roads, Man charged with pointing gun at police had prior weapon conviction, Land buy aimed at protecting Indiana cave system, New owner taking over South Bend’s tallest tower, 10 employers signed up for NW Kentucky Job Fair, Henderson firefighters get training in driving emergency vehicles, Kentucky House OKs bill to help finance Rupp renovation, African American Museum to be closed March 25-28 for repairs, Nothing spotted in search for jet, Australia says

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