Select text from your source paper, and collate it into the component parts of speech (nuns, verbs, adverbs, prepositions, etc.). Bonus points for creative presentation of these lists.
I chose a sentence from each of four sections of the Boston Globe for inventory. Reporters have learned their lessons well; there were precious few adverbs! I’m presenting them first in a chart which is a list horizontally, then a sentence if read vertically. With the leftover words, I assembled a few sentences. I changed plurality as needed, but otherwise the words are intact. It’s all pretty much nonsense sentences, but this was an interesting method of remixing the words. The one unanticipated aspect of this exercise is that words may represent different parts of speech, depending on how they are used. When I inventoried the words in these sentences, I categorized them based on their uses therein, but when presenting them in new sentences, they may take on new roles. See how other Ouliposters juggled this constraint at the Found Poetry Review.
Noun Mangoes Symbols Side Bins
Verb are taken are is going are spinning
Preposition from after on down
Article the the the a
Adjective few short granite seaside
Noun parks day parish school
Preposition for of as from
Pronoun what that their what
Noun cents king street blocks
Noun sentence – Here, maps mark Bristol fruit orchards; there, St. Peter brakes nine wheels.
Verb sentence – Thought is found filling, is doing, started.
Adjective sentence – Another Catholic Indian owns fifty tourists; status nails age.
Adverb sentence – Seriously, not so still.
And so, a very Oulipian poem, comprised of these inventoried sentences.
Another Catholic Indian owns fifty tourists; status nails age.
Side is going down
the granite parish
as their street;
here, maps mark Bristol
fruit orchards; there, St.
Peter brakes nine wheels.
Bins are spinning
down a seaside school,
from what blocks?
Mangoes are taken
from the few parks –
for what cents?
Symbols are after
the short day of that
king; thought is
is doing, started.
Seriously, not so still.
Boston Globe, April 23, 2014
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