Monday, February 2, 2009


Some years ago, I published an N+ poem based on Joy Harjo's "She Had Some Horses." You can find the poem and a brief comment on the Coolidge/Fagin "Unaugural Poem" in the "procedures" issue of Chain, a poetry journal coedited by Temple's own Jena Osman. The comment on the Coolidge/Fagin poem may be helpful as you think about the potentials and limitations of these sorts of procedures, the politics of poetic form, satire and parody, intentional/unintentional writing, and so on.

Thinking about this procedure as it relates to your first assignment, and then thinking about occasional verse vis-a-vis the inaugural poem, I created an N+ of Elizabeth Alexander's "Praise Song for the Day," which you can find here.

Feel free to post links here to any sites that may be useful as we explore Oulipo, N+, chance operatives, et al.

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