Oulipost 2014: "Potential Literature Meets Daily Paper"

March 16, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

With spring in the air and a desire to take a new direction, I’ve signed up to create found poems from the headlines every day in April, National Poetry Month. To get started, we were asked to answer some interview questions. I'm also posting content at Tumblr here: http://ginamariewilliams1.tumblr.com/

What excites you about Oulipost?

I have always been a keen observer of the world. I love to be a fly on the wall, unseen, taking notes. In addition, I have a background in Journalism and look forward to participating in this uniquely artistic form of “reporting.”

I am also excited about riffing off the prompts and inspiration and energy that will come from the challenge of creating a new poem each day.

The Oulipan guidelines are encouraging: “We encourage you to be bold and take risks. Write about topics you normally wouldn’t touch. Take on voices that differ from your own. Put the words on paper, especially if they’re uncomfortable and even if they don’t completely make sense.”

What (if anything) scares you about Oulipost?

Nothing! I am very excited about this project and appreciate the opportunity to participate.

Have you written experimental or found poetry before?

Yes. I have experiment quite a bit with stream of consciousness prose poetry but most of my “found” poetry comes from long walks I take around Portland, Oregon with my camera. Signs, faces, a scrap of paper, a forgotten item, sounds, smells…..poetry is everywhere.

What newspaper will serve as your source text? 

I will turn to my local daily newspaper, The Oregonian as well as my favorite international newspaper, the English-language edition of Germany’s Der Spiegel.

Who is your spirit Oulipian?

Italo Calvino! One my favorite writiers, it turns out, was in Oulipo, elected in 1973. He was also a journalist who shared my love of science. http://www.poemhunter.com/italo-calvino/

''The unconscious is the ocean of the unsayable, of what has been expelled from the land of language, removed as a result of ancient prohibitions.''
--Italo Calvino


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