Oulipost #24: Lovesick

Oulipost #24. Homosyntaxism is a method of translation that preserves only the syntactic order of the original words. To give a rudimentary example, if N=noun, V=verb and A=adjective, the outline NVA could yield solutions such as “The day turned cold,” “Violets are blue,” “An Oulipian! Be wary!”) Choose a sentence from your newspaper source text and write as many homosyntaxisms as possible based on that same variation.

Lovesick

She put a curse on me.

It tightened the night around us.

We felt an ache beyond ourselves.

I proclaimed an oath for her (alone).

They (the stars) winked in collusion with who?

I spun the spell inside myself.

She put a curse on me.

 

Sourced from The Contra Costa Times, Bay Area News Group, April 24, 2014 (Garfield, Jim Davis.)

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Kathy Moore’s passion is literacy, and she serves as a mentor teacher and staff developer throughout the greater Bay Area. Kathy is the City of San Ramon's Poet Laureate; she also teaches poetry writing workshops and is an instructor in the Master of Arts in Teacher Leadership (MATL) program at St. Mary’s College of California. She was honored as SRVUSD Teacher of the Year in 2007 and San Ramon Chamber of Commerce Educator of the Year in 2009. Kathy holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership for Social Justice from California State University, East Bay, an M.A. in Teacher Leadership from St. Mary’s and a B.A. in English Education from SUNY Albany. She and Bob Moore are the proud parents of four beautiful grown daughters, and the smitten grandparents of two beautiful boys.
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One Response to Oulipost #24: Lovesick

  1. Robert C. Moore says:

    very good

    Robert C. Moore RSVP Publications bob@RSVPBayArea.com Office-925-416-7787 cell-925-200-4002

    Date: Fri, 25 Apr 2014 03:04:21 +0000 To: bobmoore33@msn.com

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