Ouliposter-Badge-Plum-300x300Today’s Oulipost challenge:

Craft a conversation poem using “he said/she said” quotes that you find in newspaper articles.

Sounds relatively straightforward compared to some of the constraints we’ve had. Just a matter of finding enough material and then making it work at least on some level. IN developing my conversation, I didn’t always use the full quote, and sometimes combined parts of two quotes.

My fellow Ouliposters share their work here:


And here is my effort for today:

Suffused and Confused


I don’t know what to do, she said.
That’s the way it goes, he said.

None of us understood snippets.
  That’s just the way it is; just the way it goes.

It was hard to hear what happened.
Good food and dog excrement blended up together.

We need to start thinking about what we’ll use it for. Be intentional.
    I think that’s a load of crap.   

Difficult to switch. We could see the smoke.
I saw the shot coming. It was like slow motion.

We’ve made history here. They’re going to give us ponchos.
A bizarre mixture of ideas that are solid with ideas that are crazy.

No one had cell phones. We had to get out of there.
Technology is the saviour of everything. Robots doing it all for you.

No conflict; don’t know how they’re going to secure spectators.
We are on the cusp of the further perfection of extreme evil.

I’m typically blue within 20 minutes. Mission accomplished.
Everything is greener. There’s a lot more oxygen. It got absurd.

I wasn’t suffused with faith and joy. We finished running.
   So long to get here, to be honest. Nothing practical left.

The end of a pencil: the remains of man’s genius.

CAS April 21, 2014




  • Spears, Tom, “Seismic platelets:: How a phoney paper got accepted by scientific journals, Ottawa Citizen, April 21, 2014 (A1-A2)
  • Sibley, Roger, Trapped beaver tale has a happy ending, Ottawa Citizen April 21, 2014 (A1, A6)
  • Thomson, Stuart, Getting ready for The Singularity, (A5)
  • Sylvester, Maggie, Ottawa strong again for Boston, Ottawa Citizen April 21, 2014 (B3)
  • Simpson, Peter, A gift to last, Ottawa Citizen, April 21, 2014, (D1)
  • Desaulniers, Darren, Carleton Place crowned, (C3)
  • Figura, Peter, Canada makes big gain in Fed Cup (C7)
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