Oulipo 2 The 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.’
Sound daunting? I thought so, but what it is, is an insistence on thinking creatively, something I tell myself I can’t do well, therefore why try. Being part of a challenge, I have to try and after the initial cries of despair with this prompt, I had a ball.
My source newspapers are the San Francisco Chronicle or the Wall Street Journal depending where I am. The first leaves me with the vowel ‘u,’ the second with the vowel ‘i’. I decided to stick with the Chronicle and took my words from the comics, the crossword, and the horoscope.