Oulipost #23 – Inventory

Inventory is a method of analysis and classification that consists of isolating and listing the vocabulary of a pre-existing work according to parts of speech. Choose a newspaper article or passage from a newspaper article and “inventory” the nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, conjunctions, articles, etc.
I inventoried adjectives, nouns, and verbs only.

The Last List

good friends remembered
sweetest colleague liked
full Tuesday known
fellow police officer was
pink mother have
slain grandmother said
closed friend had known
golden resident was
brown attention pinned
pink ribbons paid
two clothes was
enlarged respects adorned

Source: Kristine Guerra, “Memories Sustain, Sadden Mourners”, Indianapolis Star,
4-23-14

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