WARM-UP #2: BLANK VERSE AMIDST THE PROSE
And now for something slightly more difficult…compose a poem using unintentional lines of iambic pentameter found in your newspaper (or practice source).
My source: http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2014-03-14/news/ct-des-plaines-oasis-closing-met-20140315_1_des-plaines-oasis-tri-state-tollway-dagan
The sea of superhero-themed plush toys
So easily attainable with just
Correct maneuvering of a claw crane
the perfect place for him to experience
with greasy fair and weary truckers
“It might seem kind of cheesy but to me…”
And lying on a picnic table bench
The oasis of her memory is not the same
Question #1: What excites you about Oulipost?
They say that writing with constraints causes creativity to flourish.
Question #2: What, if anything, scares you about Oulipost?
I’m not very good at doing what I’m told.
Question #3: Have you written experimental or found poetry before? If so, tell us about it.
For a design project, I altered cheap paperback romance novels from thrift stores, carving out niches for found objects and mimicked Tom Phillips’ A Humument, creating erasure poems from the text. Sadly no photographic evidence exists.
Question #4: What newspaper will serve as your source text?
The Chicago Tribune, which I already apparently mysteriously have a subscription to. Or maybe the free, hip, Red Eye?
Question #5: Who’s your Spirit Oulipian?
David Levin Becker. The newest member of Oulipo as I am new to Oulipo. From Chicago, where I currently reside, sort of. Has a bunch of photos of animals on his website, including tortoiseshell cats, and I have a tortoiseshell cat named Lily. Has a category on his website of his writing titled “not fiction but not very informative either”. Knows French.