Oulipost #11: Univocalism

Today is day 11 already of the Oulipost challenge. We needed to pick a vowel, one vowel, any vowel, as long as it was in today’s local paper. So, even though I’m partial to O of late, I decided to go with E! I ended up pouring through a lot of articles, but settled on seven (ha! two e’s!). I had no idea where I was going with the words until I started arranging them on the page…and, yes, I still draft all of my poems on paper first before going to the computer! I just started arranging words and within an hour or so…I had a poem. So, here are my Univocalism poem, the articles sourced out of the Toledo Blade, and the original Oulipost prompt:

She Represents

We’re the three percent

better sex,


Red letter defense:

Ellen DeGeneres,

her cheery sense.

Whether they see red –

we need her weekly.

She left, set free,

expected better

men. Very few

meet her best test,

extreme weeks

new wheels.

Jeep, Jeep, Jeep, she

helps pet shelters,

prevents breed degree.

Between Stephen, E!, Emmy,

she helps vets

when expenses

bleed them severely.

Tell her never rest,

represent them.

The next new edge,

extremely present men,

even sexy hens get her:




AP. “Stephen Colbert to replace Letterman on Late Show.” Toledo Blade 11 Apr. 2014. D3. Print.

Autullo, Ryan. “Rockets find point guard relief.” Toledo Blade 11 Apr. 2014. C2. Print.

Blade Staff. “Mud Hens drop game to Indians in bottom of 9th.” Toledo Blade 11 Apr. 2014. C4. Print.

Burris, Keith C. “Child teaches lesson on respect for veterans.” Toledo Blade 11 Apr. 2014. B1. Print.

Feehan, Jennifer. “Man says he saw mom throw baby to ground.” Toledo Blade 11 Apr. 2014. B1/B3. Print.

Linkhorn, Tyrel. “Cherokees retooled to boost off-road capabilities for rally.” Toledo Blade 11 Apr. 2014. B6. Print.

Mester, Alexandria. “Man whose dogs were shot by police faces cruelty charge.” Toledo Blade 11 Apr. 2014. B2. Print.


Oulipost prompt:


A univocalic text is one written with a single vowel. It is consequently a lipogram in all the other vowels. If he had been univocally minded, Hamlet might have exclaimed, “Be? Never be? Perplexed quest: seek the secret!” All words used must be sourced from your newspaper.

See you tomorrow!






4 thoughts on “Oulipost #11: Univocalism

  1. Wow, Lylanne! I really like this one. So many things to say about a celebrity with so many “e’s” in her name. Loved “extremely present men” and “sexy hens.”

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