Oulipost 24 — Homosyntaxism: Sprawl


“A physical place is a living entity in itself,
   and it is constantly changing.”

A digital experiment was a sprawling commitment in space,
and it was quickly thinking.

A major undertaking has a redefined Arizona in media,
and we are locally struggling.

A reatroactive mentality is a corrosive environment under power,
and you are timely envisioning.

The hostile people talk a big concept without art,
but we are positively rebranding.

No innovative boxes are affected subjects on outskirts,
yet they change personally, falling.



Montgomery, Karin, ‘Big Brain Awards 2014: Meet the Finalists and Our First Urban Legend Winners: Daniel Mills, Urban Vision’, Phoenix New Times: Valley Fever Section, 24 April 2014, Online edition <http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/2014-04-17/news/big-brain-awards-2014/&gt; [accessed 25 April 2014]

This article was a special feature written by several people; I used only the section on Daniel Mills, beginning on the fourth page of the link.


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 started with a sentence.  I actually thought about changing one word at a time until it morphed into an entirely different sentence (and I bet some of my fellow Ouliposters did), but I decided against it.  I used words from the same article, except that I changed a few adjectives into adverbs.   A little plug here, I think Sprawlr Mag looks like an interesting project, and I look forward to seeing an issue.  Go for it, Daniel Mills.

#Oulipost #PhoenixNewTimes #SprawlrMag



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