Oulipost #12: Sonnet

On the 12th day of Ouliposting, we were assigned the Sonnet… I have been on the road, so I didn’t have time to rhyme :-), but there is at least one small rhyme in there. I’m just happy to have something written akin to a Sonnet…and here is the constraint I used – 9 words in each line. I used headlines and lines out of articles, some appear in their entirety, but others I took creative liberty and broke up or switched out a word or two with another line that I actually used in the poem. Here is my sonnet, the sources used, and the Oulipost prompt:

Don’t Fail to Cash in on Chances

Tragedy, weather highlight Toledo mayor’s first 100 days, and

Mad Men begins swan song, the new season quakes,

there’s a new occupant in Don’s old office, Joan


receives a new works challenge, even chocolate can’t help

those of us who left high school eons ago.

Fortunately, fairy godmothers are still making their magic tone.


The Kosher Baker visited Toledo recently for a book,

but teenage life beyond the prom can be difficult.

In January 1969, school prom in the rearview mirror,


fine seismic events couldn’t be easily felt by people.

People’s lives being good is never good fracking drama,

so we’re always looking for more problems for Cinderella.


If you haven’t asked questions, you don’t have faith.

You really put the free in freelance, don’t you?



Barger, TK. “Midwest conference gives religious scholars a chance to enhance academic background.” Toledo Blade 12 Apr. 2014. Web.

Bilyeu, Mary. “Passover baking with Paula Shoyer gives better options for Seder.” Toledo Blade 12 Apr. 2014. Web.

Blade Staff. “Ohio orders gas drilling restrictions.” Toledo Blade 12 Apr. 2014. Web.

Johanek, Marilou. “Sandusky woman helps teen girls live their Cinderella dreams.” Toledo Blade 12 Apr. 2014. Web.

Messina, Ignazio. “Tragedy, weather highlight Toledo mayor’s first 100 days.” Toledo Blade 12 Apr. 2014. Web.

Owen, Rob. “Mad Men begins swan song.” Toledo Blade 12 Apr. 2014. Web.


Oulipost prompt:


Write a sonnet sourced from lines found in newspaper articles. You may choose your own sonnet type ( Examples here) and should feel free to be creative with the rules. One known Oulipo variation is “sonnets of variable length,” in which one must compose a sonnet in which the lines are either as short as possible or as long as possible.



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