April 23, 2014
The Prompt: Inventory is a method of analysis and classification that consists of isolating and listing the vocabulary of a pre-existing work according to parts of speech. Choose a newspaper article or passage from a newspaper article and “inventory” the nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, conjunctions, articles, etc. Bonus points for creative presentation of your final lists.
It Marks the Spot…This Slippery Slope
It Marks the Spot…
Opinion Inaccuracy…This Slippery Slope
Source: Bredhold, Wendy. “LETTER: Denying climate change is just ‘nonsense’.” courierpress.com. Evansville Courier & Press. Web. 23 April 2014.
Notes: My first list is comprised of just the nouns in the article (excepting proper nouns). I wanted to see what associative connections one might make when all other parts of speech are excised. I liked the way these words were playing together and thought they’d make an interesting “shape” poem, so with some fiddling in Word and then a lot more fiddling with WordPress’ fidgety mechanisms, I settled on an x-shaped section.
The nouns remain in their original order, which worked out in a way that delighted me. I always suspected that nonsense is at the center of it all! If it doesn’t look like an X on some devices/browsers, well, I blame the wicked internet gremlins.
The second section of the poem contains the verbs, rearranged to fit the shape.
Read how other Ouliposters tackled this prompt here.