Monday, November 05, 2007

OULIPO Poetry Stretch

floating red leaf

Red
leaf
turns
yellow,
leaving
branches
forlornly
bewildered.
Sacramental,
transforming,
autumn equinox.
Sanctification.

-----Andromeda Jazmon

Miss Rumphius has given us another challenging poetry stretch this week. She tells us about OULIPO, a group of mostly French writers and mathematicians creating new forms of poetry. The above poem is my first attempt at a Snowball poem, where each line is one letter longer than the previous one. Trisha gives two other examples of mathematical or pattern based poetry forms. Go try one for yourself!

4 comments:

Professor J said...

I am impressed by your use of forms in your writing-- I may try some of that myself (if I get over my fear and the annoying editor/critic in my head).

Tricia said...

Okay, I love this! I particularly like the physical shape the poem takes. I may try this constraint form for my poem!

Ackworth Born said...

There is an excellent article about OULIPO at http://geraldengland.co.uk/zz/z20.htm - The Number of Language by Steve Sneyd - well worth reading.

Left-handed Trees... said...

Loved this...I'd say you met the challenge!
Love,
D.