Oulipoem 10: April 10 — Snowball

10 Apr

That’s right, we haven’t had enough winter. I had a much harder time than I anticipated. My word lists were done by eight this morning but my brain refused to focus beyond that. I visited people, I read poems, I commented, I visited people… Thirty minutes ago, while I’m glancing at something on Facebook, I see, out of the corner of my eye, G is For Gumshoe, by Sue Grafton [I read mysteries and have been collecting the Graftons]. Bingo! I had my first couple of lines.

The prompt:

‘This procedure requires the first word of a text to have only one letter, the second two, the third three, and so on as far as resourcefulness and inspiration allow. The first word of a snowball is normally a vowel: in English, a I or O.

From your newspaper, select a starting vowel and then continue adding words of increasing length from the same source article or passage. Challenge yourself further by only using words in order as you encounter them in the text.’

The poem:

is for
snow balls
inside —
her world
her window
her strange

The source:

All words from Datebook, the San Francisco Chronicle


Posted by on 10/04/2014 in exercises, oulipost, poems, poetry, writing


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18 responses to “Oulipoem 10: April 10 — Snowball

  1. Beth Ayer

    10/04/2014 at 3:37 pm

    Brilliant strategy!

  2. barbcrary

    10/04/2014 at 3:48 pm

    “snow balls inside” – but, of course – that’s what today was all about!

    • margo roby

      10/04/2014 at 3:52 pm

      Grin. Exactly, Barb!

  3. Carol Carlisle

    10/04/2014 at 4:29 pm

    S wonderful S marvelous! Well done it was worth the struggle. Thanks for reminding me of the alphabet mysteries.

    • margo roby

      10/04/2014 at 5:06 pm

      My pleasure, Carol. I’m enjoying rereading them.

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  6. whimsygizmo

    10/04/2014 at 5:17 pm

    I love the repetitive lull of:
    “her world
    her window
    her strange

    (And love that the line break allows for “strange” as noun.) πŸ™‚

    I’m here. It’s short.

    • margo roby

      10/04/2014 at 5:19 pm

      that linebreak is my favourite part πŸ™‚

      short’s allowed — on my way

      • whimsygizmo

        10/04/2014 at 5:27 pm

        PS: I completely misread the whole prompt, originally, and just collected words as I found them down the page of one article. I shared that one over yonder, too, if you’re interested. It’s called Ziplines with Dummies. πŸ˜‰

        • margo roby

          10/04/2014 at 5:59 pm

          on my way

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  8. margo roby

    10/04/2014 at 5:31 pm

    I’m posting Misky’s link. Her phone is misbehaving!

  9. Nancy Chen Long

    10/04/2014 at 6:31 pm

    lovely poem. all the s sounds are magical:) and i like the way you modified the technique. effective.

    • margo roby

      10/04/2014 at 8:25 pm

      Thank you, Nancy. πŸ™‚

  10. Misky

    11/04/2014 at 4:40 am

    You are so clever to start this lovely snowball off with the letter S. Clever girl!

    • margo roby

      11/04/2014 at 12:24 pm

      Grin. Given it took me five hours to get inspired, I am pleased!

  11. sonjajohanson10

    17/04/2014 at 12:07 pm

    Oh, really good first letter, great idea. I love the snowglobe image.


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