Oulipost #27: IRRATIONAL SONNET

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April 27, 2014

The Prompt: Create a 14-line sonnet sourced from lines from your newspaper that is divided according to the first five digits of the irrational number pi – that is, into stanzas of 3, 1, 4, 1 and 5 lines. As with the preceding sonnet assignment (see April 14) you may interpret “sonnet” as formally or as loosely as you wish.

 



 

Remembering Her in Springtime

 

Remember when–? I know the story well.

We built our house in 1985.

I don’t remember what I wore, she’d say–

 

the blossoms, flowers, greenery of spring?

 

Those pointed buds, fresh faces to the sun,

and every year, they never let me down.

As life goes on, the biggest issue? Time.

While few would disagree with this ideal,

 

enjoy the beautiful fall foliage.

 

Our city has a history of gems—

the carousel located by the zoo,

the violets picked from family’s yard,

the yard a pool of purple every year,

our riverboat. The one that got away.

 

Sources:

Barnett, C. Dwight. “HOME FIX: Modern homes require GFCI protection at the electric panel or at individual outlets.” courierpress.com. Evansville Courier & Press. Web. 27 April 2014.

Roth, Sally. “Violets for Remembrance.” courierpress.com. Evansville Courier & Press. Web. 27 April 2014.

Sprepski, Ellen. “LETTER: Don’t let Peoria steal our ship!” courierpress.com. Evansville Courier & Press. Web. 27 April 2014.

Staff. “COMMUNITY COMMENT: Founders set up nation to not have true democratic elections.” courierpress.com. Evansville Courier & Press. Web. 27 April 2014.

Zwahlen, Darlene. “LETTER: Ungetheim would be breath of fresh air.” courierpress.com. Evansville Courier & Press. Web. 27 April 2014.



Notes: I like sticking close to iambic pentameter in sonnets, but rhyme? Not so much. Some erasure was applied to sentences to pare them down towards iambic pentameter.

Read how other Ouliposters tackled this prompt here.

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9 responses to “Oulipost #27: IRRATIONAL SONNET

  1. So lovely, and irrational and iambic. Wretch.

  2. Nicole

    umm..a poetry swoon just happened…

  3. Gorgeous images, Jody! I Love that last strophe: Our city has a history of gems–the carousel located by the zoo,/The yard a pool of purple every year. Lovely.

  4. Pingback: Oulipost Exit Interview | Jody Rich ~ poetry fueled by cold coffee

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