So today is the 1st of April, which must mean that it's the first day of the A to Z challenge. I've decided to share my love of writing through this challenge, and hopefully introduce people to the world of Oulipo. I first heard about Oulipo when I was at university, and I was fascinated by their approach to writing that I decided to delve deeper into the world of experimental writing.
In a nutshell, this group of writers likes to assign constraints to their work in order to push creative boundaries. Not only is this fun to do (the process of writing something with a constraint really does open the mind), the results are brilliant.
A is for ACRONYMIC POETRY
"Verse in which the letters of a given word furnish the initials of the words in each line."
*****Oulipo Compendium ed. Harry Matthews & Alastiar Brotchie (
London: Atlas Press, 2005) page 45.
The first time I heard of this style of writing, I didn't know it had a 'name'. I just thought it was really clever. It was in Ian Brown's song 'FEAR'. I'd been singing along for ages, and then I realised that the words in each sentence began with F, E, A, and R.
Not only is this a lovely song (in my opinion) it is also an acronymic poem. So here's my attempt.
While reluctantly I try, endlessly
worrying, reacting incredulously to everything,
we remember intricate things eventually.
Waste rectified, inevitably truth evades
worldly rituals, intricate tremblings envelop
wry reverberations. Insight's timely escape
will resonate ideally, thoroughly eclectic
with realistic inventions. Time ends,
walkers run, I trip. Embers
write rhymes, invisible text ensues.