Oulipost #27: Irrational Sonnet

I don’t know if it’s me, or if everyone is feeling this – but I don’t even know what day it is…I had to check. It’s Sunday! And, only three more days of Ouliposting…and as that comes to an end, so does school. The last week of classes is this week…with portfolios coming in next week. So no matter, how I cut it – my brain has been feeling pretty mushy the past few days. And, wouldn’t you know it – the prompt is the Irrational Sonnet. That only makes sense. 😉  For today’s poem, I was happy to find an article on migrating birds – as here in NW Ohio we’re coming upon The Biggest Week in American Birding in a few weeks as they cross Lake Erie into Canada just about 25 minutes east of my house. In addition, I took lines from six additional articles to come up with an Irrational Sonnet that I could live with…but alas it does not rhyme. The title of the poem is also a line I was going to use in the poem, but when I didn’t like it anywhere there – saw that it could work as the title. Following you will find my Irrational Sonnet, the sources used, the Oulipost prompt, and the link to my fellow Ouliposter’s poems from today:

The Kirtland Warbler is Quite Persnickety

Their identity isn’t tied to a neighborhood, color, ride or die attitude.

The live opportunity to view these neo-tropical migrating birds

after a long, hard winter: this is just what the doctor ordered.


It is still rare, but there is a chance you will see one.


It makes it easier, especially when love is in the air.

When the night air was hot, so were the streets –

clowns, music, thousands of birders converge on the region.

They won’t look at you, or they will look around a lot.


Don’t look for the revolving door to stop spinning anytime soon.


As American as apple pie, its needs almost led to its extinction,

stir crazy, dead at 20 because of a song –

these birds were pushed very close to the brink

there’s just no place for them to go, so they migrate

at night, increasing the risk of contact with whirring wind turbines.



Basting, Jeff & Matt Markey. “Kirtland’s Warbler makes a comeback.” Toledo Blade 27 Apr. 2014. Web.

Dungjen, Taylor. “Answers hard to find, but streets in Toledo quieter, violence falling.” Toledo Blade 27 Apr. 2014. Web.

Grand Forks Herald. “Little white lies, stretching the truth, has become a part of daily life, research shows.” Toledo Blade 27 Apr. 2014. Web.

Mullen, Roneisha. “Rating the ratings: Some parents say current systems aren’t reliable.” Toledo Blade 27 Apr. 2014. Web.

Patch, David. “Train congestion spurs headaches, safety concerns near N. Baltimore.” Toledo Blade 27 Apr. 2014. Web.

Thompson, Matt. “Downtown fun for season in Perrysburg starts Friday.” Toledo Blade 27 Apr. 2014. Web.

Wagner, John. “Tigers bullpen issues affecting Mud Hens.” Toledo Blade 27 Apr. 2014. Web.

Oulipost prompt:

Irrational Sonnet

Create a 14-line sonnet sourced from lines from your newspaper that is divided according to the first five digits of the irrational number pi – that is, into stanzas of 3, 1, 4, 1 and 5 lines. As with the preceding sonnet assignment (see April 14) you may interpret “sonnet” as formally or as loosely as you wish.

Fellow Ouliposters Poems:


See you tomorrow!

2 thoughts on “Oulipost #27: Irrational Sonnet

    • Thanks, Margo. I had no idea where the sonnet was going – but since it could be irrational I just went with the flow. 🙂

      Yes, it is that time of year. That is why I was a bit hesitant to join in this for April, but then decided to jump into it. I’m sure glad I did!!

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