Oulipost #23 Inventory

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Reference: Cancelling recess just the opening credits of teacher vs. province saga

Today’s Oulipost prompt from The Found Poetry Review’s challenge for National Poetry Month was to create an inventory poem:

Inventory is a method of analysis and classification that consists of isolating and listing the vocabulary of a pre-existing work according to parts of speech. Choose a newspaper article or passage from a newspaper article and “inventory” the nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, conjunctions, articles, etc. Bonus points for creative presentation of your final lists.

I used this handy tool for kids to create word clouds for each isolated group of words; one for nouns, one for verbs, etc. Then I layered each cloud on top of each other in Photoshop and adjusted the opacity of each until it was a very blurry image of text, which is essentially what speech is; we don’t isolate these groups of words when we speak. Then I wrote a quick poem using almost all the words from each group and made another layer in Photoshop to add on top of the armature, the groups of isolated words. I don’t know if this “fulfilled the brief” as they would say on the British version of Project Runway, but I was entertained by it.

Oulipost #23: INVENTORY

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Jody Rich made his poem into a shape and it is therefore even more impressive than just words.

Originally posted on Jody Rich ~ poetry fueled by cold coffee:

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April 23, 2014

The Prompt: Inventory is a method of analysis and classification that consists of isolating and listing the vocabulary of a pre-existing work according to parts of speech. Choose a newspaper article or passage from a newspaper article and “inventory” the nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, conjunctions, articles, etc. Bonus points for creative presentation of your final lists.



 It Marks the Spot…This Slippery Slope

 It Marks the Spot…

Space                                                                                              Pages

comments                                                                          letters

editor                                                                   reality

change                                                  screed

increase                                warming

letter                     time

   Nonsense.

fall                        letters

humans                              change

editor                                             errors

page                                                            correction

Humans                                                                   Change

Opinion                                                                                   Inaccuracy

…This Slippery Slope

Continue

See                 Denying

Refer                     Blame

Do                                Keep

Print                                   Asserting

Have                                          Stating

Wrote                                               Causing

Published                                                       Caused

Announced                                                           Run.

Source: Bredhold, Wendy. “LETTER: Denying climate change is just ‘nonsense’.” courierpress.com. Evansville Courier & Press. Web. 23 April 2014.

Notes: My first list is comprised of just the nouns…

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Oulipost: Ouli-Python Prompts

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And now for something completely different….

Originally posted on james (w) moore:

gilliam3funny things happen in Oulipost facebook groups. (i know, i know – it sounds unlikely, but bear with me). one person makes a Monty Python reference, poet Marty Elwell mentions that next year’s Found Poetry Month should be “Oulipython,” a bunch of Python references are thrown about, and the next thing you know, one person is sitting up past midnight creating a proposed list of Oulipython prompts just because i can. so, get ready for your next month of poetry:

NOTE: no animals should be harmed during the course of Oulipython.

Day 1: Beau Lumberjack: Find the names of three local lumberjacks – using only the words that can be formed from the letters of their names, create a poem.

Day 2: Argument Clinic: Compose a poem in the form of an argument sourced from transcripts of talk shows.

Day 3: Spam: Compose a poem sourced from your Spam folder.

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