Today’s Oulipost challenge: Write a sonnet sourced from lines found in newspaper articles. You may choose your own sonnet type. ( Examples here) and should feel free to be creative with the rules. One known Oulipo variation is “sonnets of variable length,” in which one must compose a sonnet in which the lines are either as short as possible or as long as possible.
I thought at first about doing a word sonnet, but once I had chosen the article I planned to use, that didn’t seem like it would work quite the way I wanted. I read briefly about Berrigan’s sonnets and decided to go with a very loose variation. I also went with 3 quatrains and a closing couplet.
To Learn More About Swooping
—Variation on a Berrigan Sonnet
One more drop into the sky,
that first dive from the heavens:
a cobalt breeze, a soft blue sky.
Free fall emotion in love again.
Practising three hours a day
at too steep an angle, he let go
to learn more about swooping, fast
and low, too close to the ground.
A chain two feet too long
can change a man’s character
in a cloud of dust
two storeys into the air.
To mourn the world,
he’s learning to drive.
CAS April 12, 2014
- Source: Skydiver makes peace with the heavens, By Andrew Duffy, Ottawa Citizen PRINT EDITION April 12, 2014 (E1)