Oulipost #25: LARDING


April 25, 2014

The Prompt: Aka “line stretching.” From your newspaper text, pick two sentences. Add a new sentence between the first two; then two sentences in the new intervals that have become available; and continue to add sentences until the passage has attained the length desired. The supplementary sentences must either enrich the existing narrative or create a new narrative continuity



Old, New, It’s All Rock and Roll to Me


Not everything old is new again.


Of course

this degree of rarity is reflected

in the marketplace.


This is “not rocket science,”

which really is just the careful application

of Newton’s laws of motion

with some relativistic tweaks;


this is one of the most difficult topics

science has ever tried to understand. The future

of humankind may be at stake;

we have to get it right.


By the same token, to label people as “deniers”

because they are skeptical about some of the science

is unconscionable.

How about some of the other “New” groups?


I always loved Australian singer

Judith Durham, the original lead vocalist of the Seekers.


Most of the “New” groups have no connection

to previous artists

with the same name,

sans the “New.”


Examples: Remove the “New”

and you’ll have trouble finding groups

named Birth; Colony Six; Edition;

Kids on the Block; Order; and Vaudeville Band.




Kearns, Michael. “LETTER: Name-calling weakens legitimate debate.” courierpress.com. Evansville Courier & Press. Web. 25 April 2014.

Osborne, Jerry. “MR. MUSIC: Collectible Records and Recorded Music.” courierpress.com. Evansville Courier & Press. Web. 25 April 2014.

Read how other Ouliposters tackled this prompt here.


Filed under Oulipost, Poetry

3 responses to “Oulipost #25: LARDING

  1. Reblogged this on Choose Your Own Adventure and commented:
    This is “not rocket science,” is my favourite line.

  2. nwian

    Yours turned out really well! So fun to see you on here. I’ve been following Margo Roby a while. http://confessionsinstories.blogspot.com/2014/04/detour.html

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