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An Oulipian epithalamium, or marriage song, is one composed exclusively with the letters of the names of bride and groom (bride and bride, groom and groom, etc). Visit the engagement or wedding announcements section of your newspaper and select a couple. Write a poem using only words that can be made with the letters in their name. You may choose to use first names only if you prefer anonymity or full names if you’re desperate for more letters.” –from The OULIPOST Handbook

Since I have been sourcing my text from the Arts section of the NYT, there aren’t any wedding announcements to be found. Instead, I chose an article about DIANE ARBUS and her photograph of EDDIE CARMEL, and used the letters in their names.

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