Oulipost 2–Lipogram: Burglary, 1999

Burglary, 1999

Who would buy a fad a day?
A buzz, a dab, a bag, a ray?
All back. Back. Back away.

Hendley, Matthew, ‘Walter Knox, Ex-Cop, Accused of Sexual Assault in Scottsdale’, Phoenix New Times: Valley Fever Section, 2 April 2014, Online edition <http://blogs.phoenixnewtimes.com/valleyfever/2014/04/walter_knox_former_mesa_cop_ac.php&gt; [accessed 2 April 2014]

Stern, Ray, ‘Smoking Concentrated Marijuana, Known as Dabbing, Is All the Rage’, Phoenix New Times: Valley Fever Section, 2 April 2014, Online edition <http://blogs.phoenixnewtimes.com/valleyfever/2014/04/concentrated-marijuana-medical-pot-dabbing.php&gt; [accessed 2 April 2014]


Oulipost Playbook Prompt:

A lipogram is a text that excludes one or more letters of the
alphabet. The ingenuity demanded by the restriction varies in
proportion to the frequency of the letter or letters excluded. For
this initial exercise, you will compose a poem using only words
that can be formed from letters that are NOT found in the title of
your newspaper. For example, if you are working with the
Washington Post, you must avoid using words that contain the
letters A, G, H, I, N, O, P, S, T and W.


NOTES:  This was a tough one. I used the Phoenix New Times, my alternate –and alternative– paper, as my source, which gave me A, O, U and Y as vowels, and stripped several of the most common letters in the English Language (n, p, s, t).

I finally decided to go for a play of sound, rather than meaning.  The last line, 42, of course, is referential, and the only line that means anything at all.  (For goodness sake, if you don’t know what 42 means, Google it.)  I used Burglary for my title because — well — with this set of words, how could I pass it up?

#Oulipost #NaPoWriMo2014



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