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In a Fibonacci sequence, each term is the sum of the two terms immediately preceding it; typically with 1 as the first term: 1, 1, 2, 3, 5,8, 13, 21, 34, 55 and so on. Select an article from your newspaper and create a poem using the words that correspond with the numbers in the sequence. Your poem will take the form of first word, first word, second word, third word, fifth word, eighth word, thirteenth word, etc. You can continue until you’ve run out of words in your article or until you’re happy with the poem’s conclusion.” –from The OULIPOST Playbook

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: used as a function



: used as a function

word before the name

of a branch of human endeavor

or proficiency : group of

people who gather together

to listen to something,

or watch something : thinking

that something will

probably or certainly

happen : something

said or done to cause

laughter : past 1st & 3rd

singular of “be”

: naturally inert

or sluggish to


: used as a function

word to indicate that

the following verb is

an infinitive and

often used by itself

at the end of a clause

in place of an infinitive

suggested by the preceding

context : understand

(something that is complicated

or difficult)


: used as a function

word before a noun

to limit its application to

that specified by a succeeding

element in the sentence

: the thing one intends

to convey

especially by language

: belonging to, relating to, or

connected with

(someone or something)


: used in expressions

directing attention

to a statement that

the speaker is about

to make

: a male person

or animal : past 1st & 3rd

singular of “be”

: using your voice

to express (something)

with words : other than

: that one just mentioned :

at an unspecified later time :
in the end :

became aware


: used as a function

word to indicate purpose,




or end :

to convey to another


: used to refer to

a certain man, boy,

or male animal as

the object of a verb

or preposition

: one :

an expression

or demonstration of

popular acclaim

especially by

enthusiastic applause.




Select a single sentence from a newspaper article. Replace each meaningful word in the text [verb, noun, adjective, adverb] by its dictionary definition. Repeat this treatment on the resulting sentence, and so on, until you’ve had enough! Note that after only two such treatments with a relatively compact dictionary, even a two-word sentence can produce an accumulation of 57 words.” –from The OULIPOST Playbook


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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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Thanks to my pal, Jen Michalski, for helping me spread the word about OULIPOST!


carla Congrats to Baltimore resident CarlaJean Valluzzi , who is one of 78 poets from seven countries selected to participate in the OULIPOST project this April. Coordinated by the Found Poetry Review , the initiative unites authors in applying the constrained writing techniques of the Oulipo group to text found in local newspapers. Valluzzi will be using The New York Times and others as her source text for the month.

OULIPOST is inspired by the experimental writing practices of Oulipo (Ouvroir de littérature potentielle — or “workshop of potential literature”) writers. Founded in 1960 by Raymond Queneau and François Le Lionnais, the group encourages the application of writing constraints to generate new structures and patterns.

“Oulipo constraints provide poets a chance to break free from the restrictions and challenges they face in their everyday writing practices,” noted Found Poetry Review Editor-in-Chief Jenni B. Baker. “We’re encouraging writers to be bold, take…

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Our first prompt: Compose a Cento using only quotes referenced in newspaper articles.

I used a few articles from the Arts section of the ‘Times.
Unfortunately, I had to bend a bit and use March 31st, since I’d left April 1st on the train–What a fool!
I think it was kizmet, though, because I found the key element of the poem waiting ever-so-patiently there between the folds.


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Part With Never
now available

You have no
suit of armor,
what good is one
of wax?

Hello Everyone,

It’s great to be back with you after a hiatus of several months.  I am very proud and pleased to announce that I have been spending that time with my nose to the stone that grinds, finishing up my MFA, and putting the final touches (as if a poem is ever really finally touched . . .) on this, my first collection of poems Part With Never.

This work represents the culmination of the last three years’ extent of the processing, extricating and remodeling of thoughts; of somehow figuring articulation, and large-scale replication.

Between these covers exists an ongoing conversation with Place & the feeling of being Dis\Placed, the ideas of Home; clouded memories; evasive emotions; the sound of bees, hidden & busy inside the hive.

. . .

I chose abandon,
never favored the familiar.

I can’t find a river to listen;

these kids throw whiskey bottles
instead of stones to decompress.

. . .

from Urban Demoralization


. . .

The briefest hesitation left to lean,
a casual wall; the smell:
old wood in the stairwell.

. . .

from In the Driveway


. . .

Thumbs and forefingers
formed the mouths of hungry birds,
filled their beaks with pink flesh,
set aloft upon thermals
generated by oiled feathers
and songs disguised as whispers.

. . .

from The Minutes of the Afternoon Were Like Bright Mirrors

You can purchase the book using PayPal by clicking on the “Buy Now” link below.

I appreciate your support, and welcome your feedback.


View the cover : Part With Never
{I designed the entire book—cover & text layout—myself.}


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