Inspired by TadMack's poetry Friday post entitled Painfully Bad Math, I decided that this week's stretch would take poetry on a different kind of mathematical journey. WAIT! Don't go -- keep reading! The OULIPO is a form created in 1960 by a writer and mathematician. The form is designed to examine verse written under strict constraints. There are many constraint forms. Here are just a few that look interesting.
- S+7: The writer takes a poem already in existence and substitutes each of the poem’s substantive nouns with the noun appearing seven nouns away in the dictionary. This can also be used with verbs.
- Snowball: A poem in which each line is a single word, and each successive word is one letter longer. This form could also start with one word with each line growing by one word.
- Lipogram: Writing that excludes one or more letters.
So, do you want to play? What kind of OULIPO will you write? Leave a comment about your poem and what constraint form you used, and I'll post the results later this week.