Oulipo Poetry

DP #44: Oulipo Poems

There are many different types of Oulipo poems, which are mathematical in nature.  One of the easiest forms to try is the “Snowball.”  There are two versions.

Version One: Write a poem in which each line gets progressively one word longer (first line is one word, second line is two words, third line is three words, etc.)  Here’s one I wrote.

Version Two: Write a poem where, within each line, the words get progressively longer (example: I am far from happy Mother reduced)

Want a challenge?  Click here for “N+7” approach.

Let’s do some sharing out about your free verse poetry from yesterday.

With the time remaining, write some more free verse. We can generate some topic starters, if needed. Play around with punctuation. Use enjambment. Consider the emotion you’re trying to convey.

Before you leave, here’s our poem of the day.