Oulipost #17: HAIKUISATION

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April 17, 2014

 

The Prompt: The haiku is a Japanese poetic form whose most obvious feature is the division of its 17 syllables into lines of 5, 7 and 5 syllables. Haikuisation has sometimes been used by Oulipians to indicate the reduction of verses of normal length to lines of haiku-like brevity. Select three sentences from a single newspaper article and “haiku” them.



 

Tools of the Trade

 

Lincoln Log poet,

National Poetry Month,

verses, hand, and pen.

 

Still Waters Run Deep

 

Prairie soil, moisture.

Wetter at the deeper depths

with cooler weather.

 

 

They Deny Global Warming

 

Age of unreason,

to impose endless freedom.

Their consensus? Bad.

 

The chicanery,

pseudoscientific scam,

our apocalypse.

 

Sources (in order of appearance):

AP. “Lincoln Log Cabin marks poetry month with speaker.” courierpress.com. Evansville Courier & Press. Web. 17 April 2014.

AP. “April soil moisture level high in Illinois.” courierpress.com. Evansville Courier & Press. Web. 17 April 2014.

Scott, Jane. “COMMUNITY COMMENT: Thanks for debunking climate-change hoax.” courierpress.com. Evansville Courier & Press. Web. 17 April 2014.

 

Read how other Ouliposters tackled this prompt here.

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3 responses to “Oulipost #17: HAIKUISATION

  1. Who knew “National Poetry Month” was seven syllables… love it!

  2. Lincoln log poet – that’s awesome! Great metaphor for what we are doing, with our bits and pieces. “…Global Warming” is, sadly, spot on.

    • The article itself was a crazy woman *thanking* some editor for denouncing the folks who believe in science. It was a sad article, for me, especially because this is the slant of my local paper at times.

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