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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Oulipost #20: Lescurean Permutations

Three Ottawa machines
are using X-ray imaging ghosts
to create a new image
of haunting artistic lines
showing you the equipment
in your favourite technician.

SOURCE

Armstrong, Dennis. “Getting Inside Art.” the Ottawa Sun. 20 April 2014. 2.

PROMPT

Select a newspaper article or passage from a newspaper article as your source text. Switch the first noun with the second noun, the third noun with the fourth noun, and so on until you’ve reached the end of your text.

ELABORATION

There were various types of permutations available other than plain. I tried them all & chose the Roussellian Permutation because it yielded the most interesting to me. If I was to fiddle around with this to make it an interesting poem, I’d probably use a combination of permutations. I think this would be much more interesting using a poem as source text, but it does show some interesting possibilities to riff off bizarre imagery.

SHOWING MY WORK

Three Ottawa 1 technicians are using X-ray imaging 2 equipment to create a new 3 line of haunting artistic 4 images showing you the 5 ghost in your favourite 6 machine.

1.       technicians
2.       equipment
3.     line
4.    images
5     ghost
6.     machine

PLAIN (the 1st noun changes place with the second, the third with the 4th, etc.)

Three Ottawa _3___ are using X-ray imaging ____4__ to create a new 1____ of haunting artistic __2__
showing you the ___6_ in your favourite __5__.

ALTERNATE: (the 1st noun changes place with the 3rd, the 2nd with the 4th, etc)

Three Ottawa ___3________ are using X-ray imaging ____4_____ to create a new _1______ of haunting artistic ___2____ showing you the ___6___ in your favourite _5_________.

BRACKETED (the 1st noun changes place with the 4th, the 2nd with the 3rd, etc)

Three Ottawa ______4_____ are using X-ray imaging ___3______ to create a new ____2___ of haunting artistic _____6__ showing you the ___5___ in your favourite ___1_______.

ROUSSELIAN (named after the sentence structure of Raymond Roussel’s Nouvelles Impressions d’Afrique: the 1st noun changes place with the last, the second with the next to last, etc.)

Three Ottawa __6__ are using X-ray imaging -__5___ to create a new __4_ of haunting artistic ___3_ showing you the _2___ in your favourite 1_____.

TRANSLATIONS

PLAIN

Three Ottawa equipment are using X-ray imaging technicians to create a new image of haunting artistic lines showing you the machine in your favourite ghost.

ALTERNATE

Three Ottawa lines are using X-ray imaging images to create a new technician of haunting artistic equipment showing you the machine in your favourite ghost.

BRACKETED

Three Ottawa images are using X-ray imaging lines to create a new image of haunting artistic machines showing you the ghost in your favourite technician.

ROUSSELLIAN

Three Ottawa machines are using X-ray imaging ghosts to create a new image of haunting artistic lines showing you the equipment in your favourite technician.

ANCILLARY POEM

Now you have met
your favourite ghost,
are you haunted
by the machine
of artistry
in the equipment?


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4 comments:

margoroby.com said...

I liked the first very much, then reached the ancillary poem. Love it!

stratword said...

Hi, Amanda! I don't blog myself and I don't usually read blogs but I've been enjoying your entries for the found poetry prompts. Your comments for this one were especially helpful. I agree that these exercises are mostly about learning new techniques to apply to poetry, but occasionally they do yield an unexpected gem. I've admired the way you've kept up with these often challenging assignments. Yours in poetry, Meryl Stratford. (The Magician's Daughter, YellowJacket Press, 2013.) stratword@aol.com

Amanda Earl said...

thanks very much for your kind words, Meryl!

Amanda Earl said...

thanks, Margo. i don't know how you're finding the time to read other people's works, comment & also do your own excellent Oulipoems :)