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
dense poem eats sourdough
unwanted metaphor slips
sad poet contemplates
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