Let’s Oulipo for Margo

tanks and angry alpha
what as law
that as that and had and
that Santa Barbara
what many
all had
Santa Barbara
and that
and all
as grand
as that
laws can play
and what
that laws
and Santa Barbara
that alpha and a gay man


The source:  Michael Ransom, Managing Editor — “The “Manosphere” | This is a Woman’s World Too, or Not” as posted on The Nahmias Cipher Report

Limited to one vowel.  So hard.  Only for you, Margo.

Poem Tryouts: Let’s Oulipo

About T A Hillin-Smith

Just one of the literacy scholars on this site who wants to explore writing in all its complexities.
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9 Responses to Let’s Oulipo for Margo

  1. Bastet says:

    This looks very difficult indeed! On a prompt I worked on yesterday I had to write a poem with all the words beginning in the same letter … so I say to you … bravo! A wonderful challenge uptaken and overcome!

  2. MarinaSofia says:

    Oh, my, that does look very hard… Well done!

    • Yousei Hime says:

      That process isn’t too difficult. What I found difficult was writing something that made some sense poetically and could be considered decent. Not positive I did either, but it was fun trying. Thanks for stopping in. 🙂

  3. margo roby says:


    This is a hard one but I found it satisfying to do. If you want to know the effect on a reader, I didn’t realise that’s what you were doing until I read that you had only one vowel. I had to go back and look. I was focused on the repetition and thinking I should have told people that’s a good tool. Brava!

    • Yousei Hime says:

      Phew. This is one of those efforts that when I’m done, all I can say is, “Well, I did my best.” I wasn’t sure how it would read to others, so thank you for sharing. Makes me feel much better. I had no idea most of our “a-vowel only” words are not too useful in such an activity. For a while I thought I might have to go back and choose a different vowel. Actually, that might be very interesting–see what other poem emerged from the same text and activity using a different vowel. Nope, not doing it today. 😉

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