Poetry: Oulipo and Concrete

DP #46: Oulipo Poems

I want you to try your hand at writing a oulipo poem. These are some of my favorite forms. Here’s how you do it: you start with a line that is one word long, then you write a line that is two words long, then you write a line that is three words long, and so on. The poem can be as long as you like. Here are some I’ve written.

Play around for fifteen minutes.

Use the remainder of the hour to write what is called a concrete poem. It’s a poem whose visual structure represents the content in some way. Here are some examples.   You may create one in your notebook or use plain paper. You might consider making some holiday-themed ones.

As always, happy writing!