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Saturday, April 05, 2014

Oulipost # 5: Tautogram

Isn’t involuntary industry illegal?

Idea: improve impression including immunity
Indirectly, industrialized infected investigation isn’t important

If integrity in intentions is improving interpretation implementation
International imperialist inlaid item is independent

Indication: individuals involved initially interfered in image
Ideally incentive is inspired in institutions, indicate investigators involved in information

Including intended issue in impromptu instances is itself improving
International injectors increased instead

Pugliese, David.  “All Good In Military Buying: Dnd.” The Ottawa Citizen, 5 April 2014. A1
Dimmock, Gary. “Police Mull More Suspects In Gas-Plants Probe.” Ibid. A2.
Smith, Patrick. “Victims’ Advocates Ask: Should Pillow Talk Become Court Testimony?” Ibid. A2.
Woods, Michael and Dimmock, Gary. “Wynne Serves Hudak, Macleod Libel Notice.” Ibid. A2.
Babbagethe, Maria. Canadian Press. “b.c. premier asked to free up party director to testify.” Ibid. A2.
Kirkey, Sharon. “Measles May Require New Vaccinations.” Ibid. A3.
Seymour, Andrew. “Judge gets around victim surcharge.” Ibid. A3.
Beebythe, Dean. Canadian Press. “Putin’s Gifts Awkward For Harper.” Ibid. A3.
Maher, Stephen. “Sordid Saga Raises Questions Again About Pm’s Judgment.” Ibid. A4.
Fekete, Jason. “Let Eve Adams Run In Riding She Picks, Says Calgary MP.” Ibid. A4.
Harris, Misty. Postmedia News. “Popular Kids Likelier To Share When Others Watching, Study Finds.” Ibid. A4.
Reevely, David. “Schools Readying To Launch Satellites.” Ibid. A5.
Mcgregor, Glen. “Fraser Could Earn $65,000 On Election Panel.” Ibid. A6.
Mcgregor, Glen. “Everybody Should Take A Valium.” Ibid. A6.
Perrythe, Nick. Associated Press. “Race To Find ‘Black Boxes.” Ibid. A8.
Fisher, Matthew, with files from the Canadian Press and the Associated Press. “Courage And Tenacity.” Ibid. A8
Mills, Laura. the Associated Press. “Crimeans Lose Methadone Access.” Ibid. A8.
Weberthe, Paul J. Associated Press. “Gun Store Tied To Another Fort Hood Mass Shooting.” Ibid. A10


Compose a poem whose words — or at least the principal ones — all begin with the same letter. The words must be sourced from your newspaper.


The fun here for me was in using a whole pile of articles as the source text. Thanks to two helpful utilities: 1) Found Poetry Editor, Doug Luman’s Tautogram tool & 2) Sort My List, I was able to comb through all the articles, & decide which letter had enough frequency that would lead to both diversity & quantity. It was interesting how many times content words repeated.

This exercise made me think about letter frequency. I tried to choose a letter that was very frequent. Apparently this is something that is considered for cryptography. Morse code encodes the letters with the most frequency with the shortest symbols.

I should rename my blog, “the Wandering Mind.”


See Walter Abish’s Alphabetical Africa, a novel written in 1974 with 52 chapters. Chapter 1 contains words that begin only with A. Chapter 2 contains words that begin only with A & B…& soforth. h


Barbara said...

I love it when big words pop up. I have a few, but not as many as I'd have with this many articles. Fun!

Anonymous said...

Love the poem, but I also enjoy your background discussions that consider more about the constraint itself. Thanks for sharing! And just as it occurred to me that I should include Doug in my acknowledgements, voila! You've done it!

Anonymous said...

Your piece sounds like something a CEO or politician might deliver at a meeting. It also sounds natural, which is the kicker with this exercise. Brava!

Amanda Earl said...

thanks, all. i wish i had a way to reply to each one of your comments. this was fun. i enjoyed your poems too. :)

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