Oulipoem 12: April 12 — Sonnet

12 Apr

First things first: A call for submissions for Red Wolf Issue #2? This will be their summer issue and you can read all the info by heading over… after you write a poem.

The prompt:

‘Write a sonnet sourced from lines found in newspaper articles. You may choose your own sonnet type and should feel free to be creative with the rules. One known Oulipo variation is โ€œsonnets of variable length,โ€ in which one must compose a sonnet in which the lines are either as short as possible or as long as possible.’

A sonnet. Silence. Throws minor fit of despair. Receives much ‘there, there-ing’ the most important of which came from one of my co-participants, Carol A. Stephen, in the form of: You can write a sonnet of one word per line. Really? Perks up. No metre, or rhyme, but it does have a roughly 4x4x4x2 structure and a volta.

The poem:

night —
drifting —

The source:

Wiegand, David. ‘Cash jazzes up songs of South’; Datebook Music Review, San Francisco Chronicle; 12 April 2014. E3


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22 responses to “Oulipoem 12: April 12 — Sonnet


    12/04/2014 at 2:07 pm

    You know I wanted to do the one word a line sonnet but I felt I would screw it up. You did the complete opposite. Bravo!!!

    • margo roby

      12/04/2014 at 2:55 pm

      Thank you, Nicole! Quick, write one.

  2. james w. moore

    12/04/2014 at 2:34 pm

    oh my god. i love this. i want to just write sonnets like this for…ever. simple, clean. great.

    • margo roby

      12/04/2014 at 3:06 pm

      Thank you, james. I greatly appreciate that. Once I decided the more traditional was going to cause me to gibber, this was such fun.

  3. Misky

    12/04/2014 at 2:38 pm

    Until reading yours, I didn’t understand how one line could be one word. This is so clever, and just flows beautifully. Well done, Margo.


  4. barbcrary

    12/04/2014 at 4:37 pm

    A wonderful job! I considered this, but felt I couldn’t do it justice – now I KNOW I couldn’t. Nice to see it done so well.

    • margo roby

      12/04/2014 at 5:31 pm

      Ah, thank you, Barb. I’m encouraged to try more.

  5. kaykuala

    12/04/2014 at 7:07 pm

    Never thought it could be this way. Very innovative. Learnt something new today! Great one Margo!


    • margo roby

      12/04/2014 at 7:29 pm

      Thank you, Hank. I may take this form up more often!

  6. whimsygizmo

    12/04/2014 at 9:40 pm

    Totally, utterly jealous of yours. Like verdant green jealous. Good thing I already like you so much.
    Mine is both variable, and questionable. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  7. whimsygizmo

    12/04/2014 at 9:40 pm

    Love love LOVE the soft rhyme of “loose” and “truth.” LOVE.


    13/04/2014 at 3:51 am

    That’s cheating, but fun cheating! If you think that gets you out of doing my challenge, think again :—) Incidentally, your definition of sonnet is just one kind – there are loads of kinds. I’ve put together a collection of 20 sonnets in about 10 different kinds. I ‘m now waiting for it to come bouncing back!

    I’m not doing Oulipoetry but sonnets can come from anywhere, so I might write one using Elizabeth’s new words.

    • margo roby

      13/04/2014 at 10:23 am

      Hah! As I typed this post I said to my mother ‘I have a friend… who’ll respond to this and tell me it’s all fine and good but not enough to satisfy the real challenge’! I did thoroughly enjoy this, ViV.

  9. sonjajohanson10

    13/04/2014 at 11:38 pm

    You pulled off strong sentiment in only 14 words. Nicely turned. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • margo roby

      14/04/2014 at 7:41 am

      Thank you! I keep losing your site, Sonja. Now I’m back with my desktop, those cloudberries are getting pinned down.

  10. Richard Thompson

    19/05/2014 at 3:23 pm

    This was really nice. I am enjoying the spare style a lot.

    • margo roby

      19/05/2014 at 3:50 pm

      Thank you, Richard. Good to see you here. I struggle for spare, but it’s something I like, myself.


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