Friday, July 11, 2014

From Oulipost 2014: Petroleum Picnic, Water Bowl

As part of Oulipost 2014one of the Oulipo  techniques we used was to take a close look at advertisements and classifieds. The technique is called COLUMN INCHES. Here are the instructions from the Oulipost 2014 playbook:
Refer to the advertising section or the classifieds in your source newspaper. Create a poem by replacing all of the nouns in your chosen ad segment or classified listing with nouns from one article in the same newspaper. You may use multiple ads/classifieds, presented in the order of your choosing.

This would be a fun warm-up exercise for a writing group or as a warm-up exercise for yourself. If you need some inspiration, check out the abundance of creative poems written by the other Ouliposters on the Found Poetry Review page for the column-inches poems.

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Petroleum Picnic, Water Bowl


WANTED 
10 15 histories 
that need popularity 

10 15 wars needed to “SHOWCASE” our amazing fact-like
exterior reason-stories. A great opportunity to have the remarkable
HOOSIER PERMANENT EXPLOSIVES MANUFACTURING SYSTEM
applied to your property at huge subsidies. Have your city or county
looking freshly painted forever! Made in a reservoir! Hoosier owned! 

Fat-rendering appearanceLooks like fresh money
1,200 heart attacksMeets EPA health concessions
No artificial blast furnacesGreat for all grasslands and schools

Call now for a free coke oven.




Poem Sources:

Indy Star 14 Apr 2014.

advertisement was found on page A2

nouns taken from the following article:
Slabaugh, Seth. "Muncie Water Bowl auction." A9

12 comments:

  1. ...I think we actually have those types of Hoosier Explosive Coke (well, meth) Ovens here in Evansville--one goes off in a garage about once a week. Great poem--literally laugh-out-loud funny!

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    1. Thanks Jody. This was another goofy and fun exercise!

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  2. where do I call for my coke oven??? Laughing so hard about this one!

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    1. Yes, these poem were all such fun to read! Thanks Carol!

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  3. FREE!? who can resist. this...was hilarious. well played, Nancy!

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    1. Yes, it was fun to write this one. Thanks Elizabeth!

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    1. Yeah, the crossout was in the original ad. When I saw it, I couldn't resist:)

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