The Hoax of Contagion / The History of Constraint / The Horror of Continuity

I’m off to Asheville tomorrow morning for a conference on Oulipo and constrained poetry.  In the tradition of the fascicles of the Bibliotheque Oulipienne, I put together a chapbook, The Hoax of Contagion (Naissance, 2010), specifically for the event.  Click here to order the chapbook and to check out a sample poem.  

The title is a N + 7 deformation of the phrase “the history of constraint” (I took a section of the conference program and subjected it to this Oulipian method).  If you’re in a N + n mood and don’t feel like thumbing through your dictionary (which, of course, is preferable and more enjoyable), you can visit this generator which will provide 15 alternate versions of an entered text.  

I entered “the history of constraint” — and using the “small dictionary” setting — got the following results:

N+1

the hit of construction

N+2

the holder of consultant

N+3

the holding of consultation

N+4

the hole of consumer

N+5

the holiday of consumption

N+6

the holly of contact

N+7

the home of container

N+8

the honey of contemporary

N+9

the honour of contempt

N+10

the hook of content

N+11

the hope of contest

N+12

the horizon of context

N+13

the horn of continent

N+14

the horror of continuity

N+15

the horse of contract

~ by Michael Leong on November 18, 2010.

2 Responses to “The Hoax of Contagion / The History of Constraint / The Horror of Continuity”

  1. I really like the poem Michael!

  2. Thanks a lot, Greg! I’m really proud of this group of poems.

    They started out as modest, occasional pieces but they really took on a life of their own.

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