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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Oulipost # 10: SNOWBALL

I
do
the
mugo
dwarf
colour
weeping
monsters
boomerang

boomerang
monsters
weeping
colour
dwarf
mugo
the
do
i

Francis, Alissa. “Five tips to make your 2014 garden easier.” The Ottawa Citizen. D7.

PROMPT: SNOWBALL

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.

[this exercise has nothing to do with cum swapping. sorry, I’m a perve. had to go there…]

ELABORATION

I couldn’t resist trying this backwards as well. Turns out that’s also a snowball form: the melting snowball. Melting snowballs are poems in which each word has one letter less than the previous.

FUN ACTIVITY

In the Oulipo Compendium, Harry Mathews mentions that another way to snowball is to snowball syllables. It’s called rhopalic verse. Victor Hugo wrote a poem called Djinns in this form. An avalanche is a sequence of snowballs. Try any of these out. Use SortMyList.com & sort words according to length.


Take a look at more Oulipian snowballs over at the FoundPoetry Review.

2 comments:

Nancy Chen Long said...

i like the way this looks on the page. 'mugo'... what great word. nice!

Amanda Earl said...

thanks! i do love the word mugo.