Oulipost 5 — Tautogram: Pagan Penguin Promises

Pagan Penguin Promises

Pensive Pagan Penguin

pagan penguins text


Associated Press, ‘Secrecy Surrounds Execution Drugs in Most States’, The Arizona Republic, 5 April 2014 <http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/nation/2014/04/05/execution-drugs-secrecy-states-lethal-injection/7348511/&gt; [accessed 5 April 2014]
Casey, Matthew, ‘1 Dead, 3 Injured in Phoenix Party Shooting’, The Arizona Republic, 5 April 2014 <http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/phoenix/2014/04/05/phoenix-maryvale-homicide/7348833/&gt; [accessed 5 April 2014]
Jenney, Tom, and Christine Harbin Hanson, ‘America’s Bankruptcy Bomb Has a Short Fuse’, The Arizona Republic, 4 February 2014 <http://www.azcentral.com/story/opinion/op-ed/2014/04/04/americas-bankruptcy-bomb-short-fuse/7315099/&gt; [accessed 5 April 2014]
McCombs, Brady, ‘Mormon Leader Outlines Opposition to Gay Marriage’, The Arizona Republic, 5 April 2014 <None> [accessed 5 April 2014]
Piecoro, Nick, ‘Arizona Diamondbacks Aren’t Pushing Panic Button yet’, The Arizona Republic, 4 April 2014 <http://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/mlb/diamondbacks/2014/04/04/arizona-diamondbacks-pushing-panic-button-yet/7334641/&gt; [accessed 5 April 2014]



Compose a poem whose words — or at least the principal ones — all begin with the same letter. The words must be sourced from your newspaper.



I had an additional constraint today.  Last night, in a late night fit of Facestorm frivolity, the subject of penguins came up (specifically, the practices of crafty poets who like to knit little sweaters for penguins.)  Someone challenged me to write a penguin poem.  Somehow, the penguins were specifically identified as pagan penguins.  So.  There were neither pagans nor penguins in today’s issue of the Arizona Republic.  Note the bold cap “spine” down the center of the poem, spelling out “pagan penguins.”  Please note that this is frivolous word play, and I have no intention of casting aspersions on either pagans or penguins.  Any aspersion cast upon promised-prosperity preachers/politicians, however, is indeed intentional.

Many thanks to Doug Luman for his handy Javascript tool that extracted all the P words from six articles for me.  When I printed them and cut them out to shuffle around on a sheet of paper, I really did have that many iterations of the repeated words to play with!  Sports and Opinion are fertile fields for found poetry.


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