Oulipost #2: Lipogram

Oulipost #2: Lipogram

 

 

 

 

 

From today’s FPR blog prompt: A lipogram is a text that excludes one or more letters of the alphabet. The ingenuity demanded by the restriction varies in proportion to the frequency of the letter or letters excluded. For this initial exercise, you will compose a poem using only words that can be formed from letters that are NOT found in the title of your newspaper. For example, if you are working with the Washington Post, you must avoid using words that contain the letters A, G, H, I, N, O, P, S, T and W.
The excluded letters (and ampersand) for my paper were those contained within: COURIER & PRESS. So, the only vowel I have access to is A (and sometimes Y), and every word has to come from articles in the newspaper…ouch. For anyone playing along, I highly recommend this lipogram tool as a sanity-saver: http://oulipost.douglasjluman.com/oulipostools/



 

 

camoheels

Jay by Day

 

By day, a naval man,

a wall. Half tank!

 

By dawn, all talk.

A walk-away Jay,

 

and by May,

an Amy. (Baby, that walk!)

 

Matt, halfway mad,

had a hand,

and a fatal bat.

That dawn, Amy fall flat.

 

Law man, all balky, want data?

Want a “why?”

Want a ball gag?

 

Sources:

Associated Press. “10 Things to Know for Today.” courierpress.com. Evansville Courier & Press. Web. 2 April 2014.

Associated Press. “Northwestern Indiana factory site may lure Illinois company.” courierpress.com. Evansville Courier & Press. Web. 2 April 2014.

Associated Press. “South Bend tower tenants eager for repair plans.” courierpress.com. Evansville Courier & Press. Web. 2 April 2014.

Baumann, Lisa and Valdes, Manuel. “Waters recede, helping search for mudslide victims.” courierpress.com. Evansville Courier & Press. Web. 2 April 2014.

Faiez, Rahim. “Blast kills 6 at Afghan Interior Ministry compound.” courierpress.com. Evansville Courier & Press. Web. 2 April 2014.

Gellar, Adam. “Deep water search for jet could turn on robot subs.” courierpress.com. Evansville Courier & Press. Web. 2 April 2014.

Goldenberg, Tia. “Israel moving forward with settlement homes.” courierpress.com. Evansville Courier & Press. Web. 2 April 2014.

Gordon, Marcy. “New CEO Barra faces tough task in shedding old GM.” courierpress.com. Evansville Courier & Press. Web. 2 April 2014.

Henao, Luis Andres. “President cautious as 8.2 quake kills 5 in Chile.” courierpress.com. Evansville Courier & Press. Web. 2 April 2014.

Jakes, Lara. “American spy’s release would be high-stakes gamble.” courierpress.com. Evansville Courier & Press. Web. 2 April 2014.

Lang, Derrik J. “Artist plants fake Bieber CDs in LA stores.” courierpress.com. Evansville Courier & Press. Web. 2 April 2014.

Nuckols, Ben. “Scandal-weary voters boot DC mayor from office.” courierpress.com. Evansville Courier & Press. Web. 2 April 2014.

Smith, Drew. “Expectant father fatally shot while on routine walk in Indy.” courierpress.com. Evansville Courier & Press. Web. 2 April 2014.

Talmadge, Eric. “Pyongyang opens marathon to tourist-runners.” courierpress.com. Evansville Courier & Press. Web. 2 April 2014.

Thomas, Colleen. “Kaczmarski’s slam leads Aces hit parade against SIUE.” courierpress.com. Evansville Courier & Press. Web. 2 April 2014.

 

Read how other Ouliposters tackled this prompt here.

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4 Comments

April 2, 2014 · 9:07 am

4 responses to “Oulipost #2: Lipogram

  1. The story line you wove into this is so captivating. I love the last stanza!

  2. Nancy Chen Long

    Ahh Jody, excellent!

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