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OULIPOST#2: Lipogram (Newspaper Titles)

“A lipogram is a text that excludes one or more letters of the alphabet. The ingenuity demanded by the restriction varies in proportion to the frequency of the letter or letters excluded. For this initial exercise . . . compose a poem using only words that can be formed from letters that are NOT found in the title of your newspaper.” –from The OULIPOST Playbook

My text is sourced from THE NEW YORK TIMES;
therefore, I was prohibited from using the letters: T, H, E, N, W, Y, O, R, K, I, M, or S.

The result is a poem that asks you to listen, as well as to examine it on the page.

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