Oulipost #2: Lipogram (Newspaper Titles)

On day two of National Poetry Month we 68 Ouliposters were asked to write a Lipogram which omits a letter that you’re allowed to use. In our case it’s any of the letters found in the title of the newspaper that we use. Since I’m using the Toledo Blade, I could not use: A, B, D, E, L, O, or T!!! Which left me looking for words with I or U in them and then making do! Following is my Lipogram poem, the sourced articles, and the actual Oulipost prompt (Provided by The Found Poetry Review who is behind this awesome event!).


Up in his

820,000 SUVs:

Spring, 1961.


Miggy, his sky.

His win.

My injury:

2011 crimp.


If us,

Spring, 2014:

1:30 firm.



“Chrysler recalling nearly 870,000 Jeep Grand Cherokee, Dodge Durango SUVs due to brake deficit.” Toledo Blade. 2 Apr. 2014. Web.

Hackenberg, Dave. “Tigers, Tribe should battle it out again.” Toledo Blade. 2 Apr. 2014. Web.

Lane, Tahree. “Pioneering Poet: Richard Blanco inaugural poet to speak at BGSU.” Toledo Blade. 2 Apr. 2014. Web.


Prompt #2 from the Oulipost Playbook:

Lipogram (Newspaper Titles)

A lipogram is a text that excludes one or more letters of the alphabet. The ingenuity demanded by the restriction varies in proportion to the frequency of the letter or letters excluded. For this initial exercise, you will compose a poem using only words that can be formed from letters that are NOT found in the title of your newspaper. For example, if you are working with the Washington Post, you must avoid using words that contain the letters A, G, H, I, N, O, P, S, T and W.

See you tomorrow!

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