Perec-300x300Today’s prompt is a short one, although not without its own measure of complexity!


Compose a poem whose words — or at least the principal ones — all begin with the same letter. The words must be sourced from your newspaper.

I again decided to split my poem, using 5 letters, one per stanza, to create a poem built of 5 tautograms.  The title?  Black Sabbath will appear in Ottawa on April 13, 2014, which just happens to be my birthday.




Birmingham band, British born Breed:
Butler, Brad, Bill. Broke boys,
bruises, bumps beers.
Black beyond big
built on British Beatles blues
and beyond.


One original, Ozzy Osbourne.
Often out,
only one of Original,
often out.


Surprising success.
Singer stuff started:
stage show, something simpler
strings, soul, slang.
Stones style.
Strangled, smashed stage so surprising.


Police, pubs, parties,
pot, paranoid,
Play, playing, played.


Rare rockers reunited,
rhythm, rock revived,
realize respect.


Black Sabbath on stage at Schleyerhalle in Stu...

Black Sabbath on stage at Schleyerhalle in Stuttgart, Germany. “Reunion Tour”. From left to right: Geezer Butler, Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Bill Ward (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


  • Robb, Peter Black Sabbath keeps it simple, Ottawa Citizen print edition Apr. 5, 2014 (F1, F4)

And much thanks to the Oulipost Project and Found Poetry Review’s #Doug Luman, for his text tools which help so much to make these efforts possible .

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    • Not going to the concert. I actually am not familiar enough with their music except peripherally. They were more my brother’s style. I was into rhythm blues and soul in the mid to late ’60s, and that is still kind of where my taste runs. Minor disco, some classical, and of course classic rock ‘n roll.

    • I remember watching him on the TV show they had for awhile, quite spacy at the time. (Him not me!) But I can’t say I have ever listened to any of the music. If I have, I didn’t know what band it was. More my brother’s music than mine.

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