April 16, 2014
The Prompt: 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.
Building a Surreal Mousetrap
The better space on the business mouse
off of the house
is called one, for over two
cats and mice have been wearing.
Since cats, those online postage noses have approached.
According to tails, have become from the attempted mousetrap…
these mice are as far back as walls.
Recently the intercepted trap of bottles banned Cheetos,
and suddenly the financial critters set out
and took to the days. So the better wall turned out to be:
why has it been the northern mice–so long, worn, involved?
Were the mice listening to the house?
First, let’s reach the authorized week regarding fake scratching.
Trap covers the poor measures in force
to seem this type of mouse and the stove complains as follows:
Base Article: Ungetheim, Bruce. “Why the foot-dragging on erosion control?” courierpress.com. Evansville Courier & Press. Web. 12 April 2014.
Nouns: Stinnett, Chuck. “She was able to catch ‘The Quiet One,’ but she hasn’t caught ‘The Last One.’” courierpress.com. Evansville Courier & Press. Web. 12 April 2014.
Verbs: Irvine, Martha. “Dress codes: Where should schools set limits?” courierpress.com. Evansville Courier & Press. Web. 12 April 2014.
Adjectives: AP. “Scammers using fake US Postal Service emails.” courierpress.com. Evansville Courier & Press. Web. 12 April 2014.
Notes: For this one, I found it useful to print the three Noun-Verb-Adjective articles out and go through with a highlighter to find the parts of speech I’d be pulling. That made it a fairly simple matter to plug those into the base article. A chimera is, by definition, a fairly weird beast, and this poem is a little more nonsensical than I (generally) prefer, but as usual with these prompts, the process allowed me to see a poem in a new and interesting way.
Read how other Ouliposters tackled this prompt here.