Oulipost #14 – Column Inches

Column Inches: Refer to the advertising section or the classifieds in your source newspaper. Create a poem by replacing all of the nouns in your chosen ad segment or classified listing with nouns from one article in the same newspaper. You may use multiple ads/classifieds, presented in the order of your choosing.

Seven Years of Sundays

This out! Top ratings
paid for all the years
and runable struggles!
Guaranteed to outpay
fans for all the memories!

Open seven years of Sundays,
free pockets included!

ATTENTION!
STOP! WAIT!

Call before mediocrity sells!
A quest for the summit!

Paying up to a decade
for an afterthought!

Source: Classifieds, “Wanted Automobiles” section; nouns sourced from Keefer, Zak, “Pacers Ride Success Tide”, Indianapolis Star, April 14, 2014

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