Oulipost #15: PRISONER’S CONSTRAINT

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April 15, 2014

The Prompt: Imagine a prisoner whose supply of paper is restricted. To put it to fullest use, he will maximize his space by avoiding any letter extending above or below the line (b, d,f,g,h,j,k,l,p,q,t and y) and use only a,c,e,m,n,o,r,s,u,v,w,x and z. Compose a poem using only words that can be made from these letters AND which you source from your newspaper text.



 

We Americans

 

We serve.

Senior, minor,

woman, son.

 

In rain, in snow—

we’re resources

on a river.

 

Commision iron,

More cars, more revenue,

our cancer increases.

 

We’re common.

We’re more.

Raise us.

 

Sources:

Christian, Rachel. “Burdette mini golf course struggling to stay alive.” courierpress.com. Evansville Courier & Press. Web. 15 April 2014.

Evans, Zach. “Americans for Prosperity holds reception Downtown on Tax Day eve.” courierpress.com. Evansville Courier & Press. Web. 15 April 2014.

Gootee, Richard. “No rain or snow today, but the cold remains.” courierpress.com. Evansville Courier & Press. Web. 15 April 2014.

Hall, Shannon. “Easter Seals meets telethon goal.” courierpress.com. Evansville Courier & Press. Web. 15 April 2014.

Orr, Susan. ”Vectren gas project hearing draws mixed response.” courierpress.com. Evansville Courier & Press. Web. 15 April 2014.

Schneider, Chelsea. “Indiana releases final draft of proposed academic standards.” courierpress.com. Evansville Courier & Press. Web. 15 April 2014.

Thomasson, Dan. “Oh, for the days of Marcus Welby M.D.” courierpress.com. Evansville Courier & Press. Web. 15 April 2014.

 

Read how other Ouliposters tackled this prompt here.

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2 Comments

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2 responses to “Oulipost #15: PRISONER’S CONSTRAINT

  1. Love it, Jody. Good title, and those last two stanzas are “charged” with meaning…that circles back to the title.

  2. I like “in rain, in snow – /we’re resources/on a river”. Nice rhythm.

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