Oulipost #12: SONNET

 

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April 12, 2014

 

The Prompt: Write a sonnet sourced from lines found in newspaper articles. You may choose your own sonnet type ( Examples here) and should feel free to be creative with the rules. One known Oulipo variation is “sonnets of variable length,” in which one must compose a sonnet in which the lines are either as short as possible or as long as possible.

I went with the English (or Shakespearean) sonnet. That’s the form I used when I wrote an interconnecting crown of 15 sonnets this semester, so it was still fairly fresh on the brain. I got some mileage out of http://www.rhymezone.com/ while looking for end-rhymes (and slant-rhymes) in articles.



Bluegrass, Red Snow 

 

I took a drive northwest of town. It seemed

appropriate, the nearby countryside

with winter’s brutal ice and snow agleam

at Mammoth Cave, and those who live nearby

 

the rustic setting, old Kentucky home,

became familiar with the Maker’s Mark.

A lot of dreams to bring prospective hope,

producing death: the rifles, tomahawks.

 

They died together in a fiery fight:

our young, our greatest treasure. Loved ones dead.

Adventure on a panicked, sleepless night.

Another chaperone! officials said.

 

The forest has no words in times like these—

so vigilant, the face of global ease.

 

Sources:

AP. “Mammoth Cave wants visitors to participate in science project.” courierpress.com. Evansville Courier & Press. Web. 12 April 2014.

Bill McKeon “Fuel tax should be used exclusively for road repairs.” courierpress.com. Evansville Courier & Press. Web. 12 April 2014.

Dunphy, Harry. “Finance officials confident of global growth.” courierpress.com. Evansville Courier & Press. Web. 12 April 2014.

Jakes, Lara. “US faces reluctant partners in sanctioning Russia.” courierpress.com. Evansville Courier & Press. Web. 12 April 2014.

Nirappil, Fenit and Mendoza, Martha. “Devastating California college bus crash also dashed dreams.” courierpress.com. Evansville Courier & Press. Web. 12 April 2014.

Staff. “Local craftsman keeps flintlocks alive.” courierpress.com. Evansville Courier & Press. Web. 12 April 2014.

 

Techniques include remix and erasure of words within phrases as with “with this winter’s brutal cold, ice and snow,” and within words to create new words, as with “would.

 

Read how other Ouliposters tackled this prompt here.

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4 Comments

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4 responses to “Oulipost #12: SONNET

  1. Great title, Jody, both before and after reading the sonnet.

  2. Beth Ayer

    Wonderful, Jody! So many fantastic lines. I love “The forest has no words in times like these”

  3. Rhyme, too, Jody? This is so well done, including the haunting title.

  4. Wow, I would never suspect this was found – and I love the narrative. You wrote a crown of sonnets? Damn, son.

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