Oulipost #10: Snowball

Day 10 finds us Ouliposters doing a snowball...as if we haven’t had enough of those all winter long! This was a fun one to do once I found an article that worked with some interesting words. As I always do, I scoured The Blade and then settled on a couple of words to start in an article and then just followed through from there. I did do the initial extra constraint by following words found below the originals, but once I got all of my words counted out (from 1 word up to 11 letters in the last word) – then I started arranging them in my poem – so they didn’t necessarily stay in that order…but it worked and I got two poems (the titles are tentative) out of this todayone that is tame, and one that is not so tame, and both from the same article. Following are my snowball poems, the sourced article, and the Oulipost prompt:

The tame one:

White

I

do

one

snow

ready

Toledo

weather

response:

sometimes

throughout

supermarket

 

The not so tame one:

Blue

I

do

her

like

lunch

making

sliding

response

volunteer

throughout

supermarket

 

Source:

Burris, Keith C. “Real Change is Happening all the Time.” Toledo Blade 10 Apr. 2014. Print.

Oulipost prompt:

Snowball

This procedure requires the first word of a text to have only one letter, the second two, the third three, and so on as far as resourcefulness and inspiration allow. The first word of a snowball is normally a vowel: in English, a I or O.

From your newspaper, select a starting vowel and then continue adding words of increasing length from the same source article or passage. Challenge yourself further by only using words in order as you encounter them in the text.

 

 

 

 

 

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