Oulipost #8: Beautiful Inlaw (Beau Present)

Day 8 brings an interesting prompt: Beautiful Inlaw (Beau Present) for the Ouliposters. With this one we needed to choose a name from the newspaper and then write a poem that includes letters from that specific name only (it could be a celebrity if we wanted), sort of like an anagram, but not exactly. We could use the Scrabble-word generator, which is a cool tool – however, even though I wished we didn’t have to – we had to stick with words that were in today’s newspaper…and I did, reluctantly follow that rule (but will try one later with the cool words generated that I didn’t get to use!). Since I’m trying to keep with a “Toledo” theme in my poems – I chose the new mayor’s name: D. Michael Collins. His name generated 1484 words; however, you’ll see that I was limited in what I could use…even by using eight sources out of The Blade. The letters that I was limited to using: D M I C H A E L O N S. So, today’s effortI can live with it. Here’s my poem, the sources, and the Oulipost prompt:

Casino Chimes

Casino

calm.

 

Oh, casino

old OH-io home:

casino.

 

Come all, casino

chimed.

 

Casino’s nachos

do dish: small

limes, casein,

manioc. Man,

no niche!

 

Once casinos

iced salmon,

sea cod, sliced ham;

dishes made

in line.

 

Medical mash,

man-made in

can mines –

casino home.

 

Hens said:

Nod me in,

 

as a lead

laid in mind –

come on,

casino

chime.

 

Sources:

Bilyeu, Mary. “A Tall Task.” Toledo Blade 8 Apr. 2014: D1. Print.

—. ” “Something to Chew On.” Toledo Blade 8 Apr. 2014: D1. Print.

Blade Staff.”Hens to play doubleheader.” Toledo Blade 8 Apr. 2014: C4. Print.

—. “Ice Jams on Great Lakes Slow Down Shipping.” Toledo Blade 8 Apr. 2014: B6. Print.

—. “Squeezed by Prices Airlines Dumping Limes.” Toledo Blade 8 Apr. 2014: B6. Print.

Churchill’s Market, Walt. Advertisement. Toledo Blade 8 Apr. 2014: D6. Print.

McCray, Vanessa. “Hollywood Casino grabs $17.4M revenue in March.” Toledo Blade 8 Apr. 2014: A1. Print.

“Off to a Smooth Start.” Toledo Blade 8 Apr. 2014: C4. Print.

 

Oulipost prompt:

Beautiful Inlaw (Beau Present)

Select a name from one of your newspaper articles, famous or not. Compose a poem using only words that can be made from the letters in that person’s name. For example, if you selected “John Travolta,” you may only use words that can be made from the letters A, J, H, L, N, O, R, T and V.

The use of web-based tools is highly encouraged to help uncover different words that can be made from your letters of choice. One tool you might consider is the Scrabble Word Finder.

See you tomorrow!

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2 thoughts on “Oulipost #8: Beautiful Inlaw (Beau Present)

    • I originally missed it too…but Jody Rich and I were “called out” on it in the comment thread – LOL! So, I hadn’t started mine at that time, I’d just gathered the words. So, I did follow the “rules” – even though now I want to go back and do one with the words that really were intriguing that were not in the newspaper!

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