OULIPOST POEM 26: Beautiful Outlaw

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

The outlaw in question is the name of the person (or subject) to whom the poem is addressed. Each line of the poem includes all the letters of the alphabet except for the letter appearing in the dedicated name at the position corresponding to that of the line: when writing a poem to Eva, the first line will contain all letters except E, the second all letters except V, and the third all letters except A.

Choose someone mentioned in your newspaper to whom to address your poem. Compose a beautiful outlaw poem following the procedure outlined above and using words sourced from your newspaper text.

I found out sad news for this prompt–the Newark Bears have gone out of business. I pass their stadium every time I go to New York on the train.  And it just conjures nice, wholesome things.  Childhood things.  Popcorn, baseball things.

But that’s okay.  As yesterday’s resulting poem taught, everything is fleeting.  I think today’s resulting Beautiful Outlaw poem (for Web Adams, a long-time fan mentioned in the article), mourns that exactly. Just…not exactly coherently…

Liqui- Lux- Goodbye.

Freezers just ice machines, ovens but grills, and sausage display cases liquidate Kilkenny luxury.
I just want to walk around and go to city rooms and whirlpools, but liqui- lux off pr-tz-l valu-…

Sosidka lives in Clinton. The grass today was neatly trimmed for Jerry. Liqui- lux- people freezers!
Like, goodbye, old friend. July 16, 1999: Rick Izenberg, exercise there, modern people. Liqui- ovens whirl-…

Freezers, lux- ice machines, convection pretzels falls in my lap! But liqui- goo-bye Rick, just walk Irvin away!
Like, goodbye, old friend. July 16, 1999: Rick Izenberg, exercise there, modern people. Liqui- ovens whirl-!

Unfortunately, that’s not what happened, Rick Izenberg, or Sosidka, or Jerry, or Irvin, or Liqui- Lux- Goodbye!
The time we came, July 16, 1999, Jerry, Rick Izenberg, Irvin attract a cornfield! Like, liqui-! Like, lux-! Like, inevitable people, goodbye!!!


Di Ionno, Mark. “Game over: Newark Bears officially out of business, as baseball fades from city again.” The Star-Ledger (via NJ.com). 26 Apr 2014. http://www.nj.com/essex/index.ssf/2014/04/newark_bears_officially_out_of_business_as_baseball_fades_from_city_again.html#incart_river


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