Oulipoem 5: April 5 — Tautogram

05 Apr

Now, this was fun.

The prompt:

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.

The poem:

Mafia Missions

1] Monday morning :
murder multiple
male merchants.

2] model missed

3] Make major mob
movements more more…
memorable. Measure
marked moments.

4] Make members
more     mortified?
more     meditative?
more     mournful?

5] Major measures:
marathon mastery,
meatless mornings,
meaningful marriages.

6] Mob Magazine = mystique.

7] Mob Museum.


Source area:

Datebook. San Francisco Chronicle. 5 April 2014



Posted by on 05/04/2014 in exercises, oulipost, poems, poetry, writing


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27 responses to “Oulipoem 5: April 5 — Tautogram

  1. barbcrary

    05/04/2014 at 1:16 pm

    “Dose” guys are at it again! You seem to be developing a Godfather theme for the month, Margo. Whaddya think?

    • margo roby

      05/04/2014 at 1:58 pm

      Grinning. I thought of that, once I realised I was mobbing again, Barb. It’s a thought. I may have to review/redo the first poems. Hmmm.

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  3. whimsygizmo

    05/04/2014 at 1:37 pm

    Oh, MAN.
    Marvelous. Merely MARVELOUS. I adore this one. That first stanza made me laugh out loud. 🙂

    Mine is only for lispless (not to be confused with listless, or lipless) readers:

    • margo roby

      05/04/2014 at 1:54 pm

      I’m laughing already, so yours better not be serious, de 😉

  4. Geo Sans

    05/04/2014 at 2:03 pm


    • margo roby

      05/04/2014 at 2:12 pm


  5. Quickly

    05/04/2014 at 3:20 pm

    Smart girl, to opt for a letter you can actually say three times in a sentence without watering the screen. I tried one of those total immersion alliterations with an “S”. Bad move not recognized until I tried to read it aloud.

    • margo roby

      05/04/2014 at 5:12 pm

      That, of course, was part of my plan. Really.

  6. Carol Carlisle

    05/04/2014 at 3:31 pm

    Marvelous mission Margo!

    • margo roby

      05/04/2014 at 5:13 pm

      Thank you, Carol. I would alliterate that but my brain has stopped.

      • Carol Carlisle

        05/04/2014 at 8:13 pm

        I so know what you mean by the frozen brain works 😉

  7. nwian

    05/04/2014 at 6:11 pm

    That was fun, thanks 🙂

    • margo roby

      05/04/2014 at 6:16 pm

      Keep playing!

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  9. Carol Carlisle

    05/04/2014 at 6:57 pm

    My tongues hanging out and I’m sweating but here is my offering

    • margo roby

      05/04/2014 at 7:34 pm

      Proud of you. On my way!

  10. Elizabeth Evans

    05/04/2014 at 8:21 pm

    This is great, Margo! I love how you tied all the pieces together as a list.

    • margo roby

      06/04/2014 at 1:12 am

      I tend to forget list poems as a form but I do enjoy them.

  11. Nancy Chen Long

    05/04/2014 at 8:30 pm

    Fun to read, Margo!! It reads like a poetic laundry list of things the Mafia needs to do to improve it’s ‘mission’ … “meatless mornings, meaningful marriages.’ Ha!

    • margo roby

      06/04/2014 at 1:13 am

      I have an image, Nancy, of a group of them sitting around worried about their public image and making out a list of things to do!

  12. seingraham

    05/04/2014 at 10:30 pm

    mmmhmmm….where is Tony Soprano when you need him? Oops…maybe too soon?

    • margo roby

      06/04/2014 at 1:14 am

      Humour is never too soon, Sharon.

  13. Hannah Gosselin

    05/04/2014 at 11:03 pm

    My, my, Margo mystified, mesmerized am I!! This is a fun one…reminds me of the tongue twister Seuess book that I read with the boys…love it!

    • margo roby

      06/04/2014 at 1:14 am


  14. sonjajohanson10

    17/04/2014 at 12:17 pm

    I like number four. Nice rhythm.

    • margo roby

      17/04/2014 at 12:38 pm

      I was quite fond of my Mafia by the time I got through with them.


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