Quillfyre’s #Oulipost 2 Lipogram

Ouliposter-Badge-Plum-300x300Oulipost #2: Lipogram (Newspaper Titles)

A lipogram is a text that excludes one or more letters of the alphabet. The ingenuity demanded by the restriction varies in proportion to the frequency of the letter or letters excluded. For this initial exercise, you will compose a poem using only words that can be formed from letters that are NOT found in the title of your newspaper. For example, if you are working with the Washington Post, you must avoid using words that contain the letters A, G, H, I, N, O, P, S, T and W. Le-Lionnais-300x300

Why oh why, did I choose The Ottawa Citizen?  I have only one vowel, the u, available, and perhaps y.  Fortunately, one of the participants is a whiz at building word compiler tools, but not sure this prompt is workable with so few vowels. Need Christian Bök just now… However, I gave myself the luxury of titling without constraint

Senator Goes to Market


Buy funds
Run up, up, up, up–


Surplus jump:
Up up up.
Fully fund

Carol A. Stephen


SOURCES: Ottawa Citizen Digital April 2, 2014

  • Press, Jordan, Harper-appointed senator argues against his plan for elected chamber
  • Berthiaume, Lee & Press, Jordan, Investigation report clears Sen. Colin Kenny of harassment
  • Shecter, Barbara Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan posts first surplus in 10 years
  • Quebec’s forgotten region, By Ottawa Citizen Editorial, Ottawa Citizen

·         Reevely, David Provincial Tories blow lid off Liberals’ budget plans


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Quillfyre’s #Oulipost April 1, 2014

Ouliposter-Badge-Plum-300x300Today is the first day of National Poetry Month, and of the Found Poetry Review’s Oulipost Project. To start, I’ve quoted the first blog post from the site here:

Oulipost begins today!

Queneau-300x300Every day this April, nearly 80 poets will write one poem per day by applying constrained writing techniques sourced from the Oulipo (Ouvroir de littérature potentielle — or “workshop of potential literature”) group to text sourced from their daily local newspaper. This is the first of thirty prompts in the Oulipost project.

Oulipost #1: Quote Cento

When composing a cento, poets take lines from existing poems (traditionally without any alterations) and patch them together to form a new poem. Today, create a cento using only quotes referenced in newspaper articles. For example, if a newspaper article contained the line “It was a tragedy,” commented Detective Smith, the line, “It was a tragedy,” would be available for you to use in your poem. While you can’t change anything within the quotes themselves, you may choose to break a longer quote in half or use just part of a quote as needed.


  • Purist? Challenge yourself to write your cento using only complete quotes (sentences) as they appear in your articles.
  • Add an additional constraint by challenging yourself to use only quotes sourced from a single article, single newspaper page or single newspaper section.

So.  After spending three hours with my morning paper, I had chosen my quotes but to fit them together, allowed myself the option of being neither purist nor restricting to one article or section.  Here is my quote cent, with sources below. And yes, the title is a quote too:


It’s been years since we’ve been this low
We’re just not achieving the results we need!
an enormous amount of cleaning to do

the spectre of reduced yields in key crops that feed humanity
He had no clue that his friend had gone to the dark side.
that’s part and parcel, goes with what happened.
The shock factor, the depressed, whatever state you want.

It’s everywhere you look, everywhere you go outside,
You could feel it a little bit.
But there is a sense of normal life.
Life for local people is going on.

All the shops are open.
People are walking in the streets
…some crops will do better.
Primary metals and oils and gas seem to be rebounding a bit.

These are tiny steps
there’s no experience like stepping into this ring and measuring yourself
I tried to come in with a smile

Carol A. Stephen
April 1, 2014

Sources quoted: All from Ottawa Citizen, April 1, 2014
• Kirkey, Sharon, Post Media News, Experts fear hospitals not clean enough A1 –A2, Zoutman, Dr. Dick
• Butler, Don C. difficile struggles continue A-2 Neill, Allison
• Weber, Bob Climate options melting away, A6, Smol, John, Pachauri, Rajendra
• Sylvester, Meggie The new language debate: Trudeau’s use of the F-bomb A-3, Trudeau, Justin
• Traikos, Michael, PostMedia News,The day the music stopped B6, Carlyle, Randy, Franson, Cody D’Amigo, Jerry
• Cobb, Chris, No clue friend had gone to dark side C1, Edelson, Michael
• Crawford, Bruce, Afghans upbeat, says U of O prof, Ottawa C1-C2, Banerjee, Ranjan
• Isfeld, Gordon Manufacturers hit higher gear, D1, Bill Ferreira

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