Ouliposter-Badge-Blue-300x300Oulipost challenge for today: The haiku is a Japanese poetic form whose most obvious feature is the division of its 17 syllables into lines of 5, 7 and 5 syllables. Haikuisation has sometimes been used by Oulipians to indicate the reduction of verses of normal length to lines of haiku-like brevity. Select three sentences from a single newspaper article and “haiku” them.


The first thing I discover is that it is going to be impossible to come close to the idea of juxtaposing two images when using a single sentence.  Then I look again, and find that maybe it isn’t impossible at all:




Icy windshield

Icy windshield (Photo credit: chromedecay)



Scrape ice from the windshield
curse the cold:
summer sunshine now



Pasteurized yolks
deep yellow, silky
stand up in pan


English: eleven double yolk eggs in a frying pan.

English: eleven double yolk eggs in a frying pan. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)




Chicken Scratch 1

Chicken Scratch 1 (Photo credit: Will Merydith)

Chickens benefit soil
search for grubs
through cow pats








Spears, Tom, Unwelcome cold snap continues—
but there is a bright side, Ottawa Citizen print edition, April 17, 2014 (C3)


Robin, Laura, The Elusive Pastured Egg, Ottawa Citizen, print edition, April 17, 2014 (D1)




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