Day 18: Oulipost Homoconsonantism

Day 18: Found Poetry Review Oulipost Homoconsonantism

This is the idea: Choose a sentence or short passage from your newspaper to complete a homoconsonantism. In this form, the sequence of consonants in a source text is kept, while all its vowels are replaced. For example:

ORIGINAL: To be or not to be: that is the question.
CONSONANTS ONLY: T b r n t t b t t s t h q s t n
FINAL PRODUCT: As burnt tibia: it heats the aqueous tone.

So here’s the original sentence:

After a lunch of roasted leg of lamb, we were banished outside to play.

This gave the consonants: ftrlnchfrstdlgflmbwwrbnshdtsdtply

Here’s the best I could manage from it:

Fate(s) are alone,
chi rested on a log,
if a limb, &*
we wore buns,
head teased &* top’ly.



Note: &* That character is a cheat. There’s no ampersand (&) in the original sentence. This is an example of poetic licence, fiddling the soup, hocus-pocus. This is to be expected. I am Yin. I am shady.


Day 17: Standing on the Sand

Standing on the Sand

The wind hears the water,
Seldom a glance to land,
And it drives past
We small creatures,
Standing on the sand.

There’s famine in its throat,
Where hunger feasts it done,
And wind is like a desert wide,
That leaves us far behind.


Two poems used for this revision. Mine from day 14 Miz Q, and The Song of the Wreck by Charles Dickens

Day 17: Elegant Ping Pong

Elegant Ping Pong

stripped back to the stone
a fantastic blank canvas
a smell of stables

blue stripes in boxes
for perpetrators of crime
art deco in brown

elegant ping pong
riding the paint-effect waves
he’s selling punk clothes


Written for Found Poetry Review, Oulipost Day 17 Haikuisation (17 Syll, 5.7.5)

source: “Knock-Knock” article Albion House Restored from The Telegraph