Oulipoem 12: April 12 — Sonnet

12 Apr

First things first: A call for submissions for Red Wolf Issue #2? This will be their summer issue and you can read all the info by heading over… after you write a poem.

The prompt:

‘Write a sonnet sourced from lines found in newspaper articles. You may choose your own sonnet type 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.’

A sonnet. Silence. Throws minor fit of despair. Receives much ‘there, there-ing’ the most important of which came from one of my co-participants, Carol A. Stephen, in the form of: You can write a sonnet of one word per line. Really? Perks up. No metre, or rhyme, but it does have a roughly 4x4x4x2 structure and a volta.

The poem:

night —
drifting —

The source:

Wiegand, David. ‘Cash jazzes up songs of South’; Datebook Music Review, San Francisco Chronicle; 12 April 2014. E3


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22 responses to “Oulipoem 12: April 12 — Sonnet


    12/04/2014 at 2:07 pm

    You know I wanted to do the one word a line sonnet but I felt I would screw it up. You did the complete opposite. Bravo!!!

    • margo roby

      12/04/2014 at 2:55 pm

      Thank you, Nicole! Quick, write one.

  2. james w. moore

    12/04/2014 at 2:34 pm

    oh my god. i love this. i want to just write sonnets like this for…ever. simple, clean. great.

    • margo roby

      12/04/2014 at 3:06 pm

      Thank you, james. I greatly appreciate that. Once I decided the more traditional was going to cause me to gibber, this was such fun.

  3. Misky

    12/04/2014 at 2:38 pm

    Until reading yours, I didn’t understand how one line could be one word. This is so clever, and just flows beautifully. Well done, Margo.


  4. barbcrary

    12/04/2014 at 4:37 pm

    A wonderful job! I considered this, but felt I couldn’t do it justice – now I KNOW I couldn’t. Nice to see it done so well.

    • margo roby

      12/04/2014 at 5:31 pm

      Ah, thank you, Barb. I’m encouraged to try more.

  5. kaykuala

    12/04/2014 at 7:07 pm

    Never thought it could be this way. Very innovative. Learnt something new today! Great one Margo!


    • margo roby

      12/04/2014 at 7:29 pm

      Thank you, Hank. I may take this form up more often!

  6. whimsygizmo

    12/04/2014 at 9:40 pm

    Totally, utterly jealous of yours. Like verdant green jealous. Good thing I already like you so much.
    Mine is both variable, and questionable. 😉

  7. whimsygizmo

    12/04/2014 at 9:40 pm

    Love love LOVE the soft rhyme of “loose” and “truth.” LOVE.


    13/04/2014 at 3:51 am

    That’s cheating, but fun cheating! If you think that gets you out of doing my challenge, think again :—) Incidentally, your definition of sonnet is just one kind – there are loads of kinds. I’ve put together a collection of 20 sonnets in about 10 different kinds. I ‘m now waiting for it to come bouncing back!

    I’m not doing Oulipoetry but sonnets can come from anywhere, so I might write one using Elizabeth’s new words.

    • margo roby

      13/04/2014 at 10:23 am

      Hah! As I typed this post I said to my mother ‘I have a friend… who’ll respond to this and tell me it’s all fine and good but not enough to satisfy the real challenge’! I did thoroughly enjoy this, ViV.

  9. sonjajohanson10

    13/04/2014 at 11:38 pm

    You pulled off strong sentiment in only 14 words. Nicely turned. 🙂

    • margo roby

      14/04/2014 at 7:41 am

      Thank you! I keep losing your site, Sonja. Now I’m back with my desktop, those cloudberries are getting pinned down.

  10. Richard Thompson

    19/05/2014 at 3:23 pm

    This was really nice. I am enjoying the spare style a lot.

    • margo roby

      19/05/2014 at 3:50 pm

      Thank you, Richard. Good to see you here. I struggle for spare, but it’s something I like, myself.


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