Day 25 of Ouliposting finds us “Larding” or line stretching. What is that you ask? It’s taking two sentences from the local newspaper, and then “braiding” (Jody Rich) other sentences in between and adding more until you’ve got your poem. As always the actual prompt will explain what is needed. One of my first Oulipost poems this month included an article about the two dogs, Nala and Bugger, who have been sitting on death row for nearly a year, accused of killing two-show pigs after the dogs got loose from their yard. In today’s paper, there was good news! I’m happy to report that the two dogs have been released! So, obviously, I wanted to use that news as one of my source articles. I intertwined about 18 other lines from four additional articles, even if I only used a partial line from some of them. This one was fun to do once I chose my two initial lines and then went on a search for articles that might have some “conflict” or “energy” to help my “Larding” along. Below you will find my Larding poem, the sourced articles, the Oulipost prompt, and a link to my fellow Ouliposter’s poems:
It Was a Happy Day Yesterday
Nala and Bugger were deemed guilty
in July – but the original trials did not
involve satanic cults, an asylum
for the deranged, a degree away from
a hammy mad-scientist, relocating
to a crumbly country house
where supernatural evil follows-
It was there that two show-quality pigs
had been killed and a third injured.
Inspired by actual events,
the dogs had been on death row since
locked in and blasted with loud rock music.
No other living souls for miles around?
That’s progress for you –
be careful what you ask for.
Both dogs are revenge-minded
but their cattiness is put aside
in a trick box, lest both be ruined –
while their owners fought
to save them, paying homage
in style and theme to vintage
horror movies of the 1970s.
At a ‘show cause’ hearing
shocking revelations come to light.
Two dogs accused in death of pigs
are finally home, released to owners
who had not been allowed to visit them.
Original two lines:
Nala and Bugger were deemed guilty in July. Two dogs are finally home.
Baird, Kirk. “”‘The Other Woman’ cheats on its feminist premise.” Toledo Blade 25 Apr. 2014. Web.
Dalton, Stephen. “‘Quiet Ones’ more creaky than creepy.” Toledo Blade 25 Apr. 2014. Web.
Messler, Alexandra. “Dogs accused in death of pigs released to owners.” Toledo Blade 25 Apr. 2014. Web.
Vallongo, Sally. “Toledo Opera gives ‘Faust’ hip update.” Toledo Blade 25 Apr. 2014. Web.
Wagner, John. “Polanco, Indy too much for Mud Hens.” Toledo Blade 25 Apr. 2014. Web.
Aka “line stretching.” From your newspaper text, pick two sentences. Add a new sentence between the first two; then two sentences in the new intervals that have become available; and continue to add sentences until the passage has attained the length desired. The supplementary sentences must either enrich the existing narrative or create a new narrative continuity.
Link to read other Ouliposter’s Larding poems:
See you tomorrow!