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.
BLACK SABBATH BIRTHDAY BASH
Birmingham band, British born Breed:
Butler, Brad, Bill. Broke boys,
bruises, bumps beers.
Black beyond big
built on British Beatles blues
One original, Ozzy Osbourne.
only one of Original,
Singer stuff started:
stage show, something simpler
strings, soul, slang.
Strangled, smashed stage so surprising.
Police, pubs, parties,
Play, playing, played.
Rare rockers reunited,
rhythm, rock revived,
- 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 .