Ouliopost 27 — Irrational Sonnet: 14-Digit Remix

14-Digit Remix

We’re young poets,
tho your humor shocks.


Humanitarian, underprivileged: women combat assault.
Poetry has been the means for millennia that so
many tell,
putting layers of meaning into poems:

home meals, window keeping, toddlers…

Adventure solidifies possibility.
Valley Poets Experiment with Form.
Every poem that we publish is a draft.
Tho your three spines attract somewhat dangerous electrical temptations,
I’ll be able to put it together.

Create a 14-line sonnet sourced from lines from your newspaper that is divided according to the first five digits of the irrational number pi – that is, into stanzas of 3, 1, 4, 1 and 5 lines. As with the preceding sonnet assignment (see April 14) you may interpret “sonnet” as formally or as loosely as you wish.


I broke the rules — all month I have been sourcing my poems from either The Arizona Republic or Phoenix New Times.  But…well…there was an article on Oulipost today in the East Valley Tribune, on the three Phoenix poets who have been Ouliposting all month.  Kelly Nelson, Andrea Dickens, and me.  I did a remix of words and phrases from the article, including the headline, the three poems in the sidebar, and quotations from each of us about poetry.

The irrational sonnet specifies the stanza breaks for the sonnet.  I took it a step further, and used the number pi to tell me how many words I could use per line.  The first fourteen digits of pi are 3.1415926535897.  Clearly, this re-visioning of a sonnet leaves nothing of the original form but the fourteen lines.

The words in italics are from the three poems that were published with the article, and the bold is part of the article title.


Slade, Shelby, ‘Valley Poets Experiment with Form to Celebrate National Poetry Month’, East Valley Tribune, 27 April 2014, Sunday edition, p. A6,A8
I worked from the print copy, but this is a link to the e-edition: http://www.eastvalleytribune.com/eedition/page_ebe9ddde-049a-5587-be94-2d05b5d98884.html#page_a06
#Oulipost #Sonnet #pi #EastValleyTribune #EVTNow




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