OULIPOST POEM 24: Enough about Poetry

Today’s prompt from the Found Poetry Review’s Oulipost Project: Homosyntaxism!

“Homosyntaxism is a method of translation that preserves only the syntactic order of the original words. To give a rudimentary example, if N=noun, V=verb and A=adjective, the outline NVA could yield solutions such as ‘The day turned cold,’ ‘Violets are blue,’ ‘An Oulipian! Be wary!’)

Option 1: Choose a sentence from your newspaper source text and write as many homosyntaxisms as possible based on that same variation.

Option 2: Complete a homosyntaxism of an entire paragraph or article found in your text.”

I went with Option 1.  I didn’t write very many variations, though.  Originally the variations were longer, but I liked the result when I started paring them down.  Also, I’d like to go on record that Oulipost makes me a happy poet and its prompts result overwhelmingly in wanted metaphors.  My homosyntaxisms are sourced from this bit of an article about Chris Christie and the bridge scandal: “The Republican governor said such behavior,” and I sourced the title (lovingly) from a line in a blog post I came across today from 2004.

“Frankly, I don’t know enough about poetry to be able to tell.”

happy poem runs the
lawnmower.
dense poem eats sourdough
bagels.
unwanted metaphor slips
into bed.
sad poet contemplates
screenwriting.

Sources:

Johnson, Brett. “Chris Christie lashes out at bridge scandal critics who say his attitude inspired lane closures.” The Star-Ledger (via NJ.com). 24 Apr 2014. http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/04/christie_lashes_out_at_bridge_scandal_critics_who_say_his_attitude_inspired_lane_closures.html#incart_m-rpt-1

Lamb, Ellen Clair. “All they do is give out awards. Greatest Fascist Dictator, Adolf Hitler.” Answer Girl. 22 Nov 2004. http://answergirlnet.blogspot.com/2004/11/all-they-do-is-give-out-awards.html


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