Friday, 4 April 2014


Today's Oulipost prompt is:

'In a Fibonacci sequence, each term is the sum of the two terms immediately preceding it; typically with 1 as the first term: 1, 1, 2, 3, 5,8, 13, 21, 34, 55 and so on.
Select an article from your newspaper and create a poem using the words that correspond with the numbers in the sequence. Your poem will take the form of first word, first word, second word, third word, fifth word, eighth word, thirteenth word, etc. You can continue until you’ve run out of words in your article or until you’re happy with the poem’s conclusion.'
How I hated this. All that counting and all I got was some pronouns, prepositions, adjectives, and linking words (what are they called in English grammar?). First I wrote a piece of prose, hoping to drag a poem out kicking and screaming. Nought. So then I peeped at other Ouliposter's entries to see how they'd dealt with the challenge, and saw that they'd been far less ambitious. So here's my effort, although hardly a poem.
I used an article in yesterday's (3 April 14) Guardian newspaper by Suzanne Moore, 'Sold Subject to Contract'

It was small via cramped.
Because it was smaller, rentable
with the small pension.

Janet Daniel

April 4 2014.

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