Oulipost #2: Lipogram (Newspaper Titles)
A lipogram is a text that excludes one or more letters of the alphabet. The ingenuity demanded by the restriction varies in proportion to the frequency of the letter or letters excluded. For this initial exercise, you will compose a poem using only words that can be formed from letters that are NOT found in the title of your newspaper. For example, if you are working with the Washington Post, you must avoid using words that contain the letters A, G, H, I, N, O, P, S, T and W.
Why oh why, did I choose The Ottawa Citizen? I have only one vowel, the u, available, and perhaps y. Fortunately, one of the participants is a whiz at building word compiler tools, but not sure this prompt is workable with so few vowels. Need Christian Bök just now… However, I gave myself the luxury of titling without constraint
Senator Goes to Market
Run up, up, up, up–
Up up up.
Carol A. Stephen
SOURCES: Ottawa Citizen Digital April 2, 2014
- Press, Jordan, Harper-appointed senator argues against his plan for elected chamber
- Berthiaume, Lee & Press, Jordan, Investigation report clears Sen. Colin Kenny of harassment
- Shecter, Barbara Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan posts first surplus in 10 years
- Quebec’s forgotten region, By Ottawa Citizen Editorial, Ottawa Citizen
· Reevely, David Provincial Tories blow lid off Liberals’ budget plans