Oulipost #26 – Beautiful Outlaw

The outlaw in question is the name of the person (or subject) to whom the poem is addressed. Each line of the poem includes all the letters of the alphabet except for the letter appearing in the dedicated name of the position corresponding to that of the line; when writing a poem to Eva, the line will contain all letters except E, the second all letters except V, and the third all letters except A. Choose someone mentioned in your newspaper to whom to address your poem. Compose a beautiful outlaw poem following the procedure outlined above and using words sourced from your newspaper text.
My poem is addressed to Marlo (as in Marlo Thomas!)

God, She’s Good!

She wants to clean it up, but first she wants to rave,
the single girl finding herself in the big city,
she wants to be about the novel
but first she wants to rave! Who knew?
Reinventing life? Just reissue a few years.

Reinvention is a popular topic.
boys, girls, upside down, God, she’s good!
She wants to chat it up, it’s classic.
Stuck or betrayed by a society in her throaty voice
Her new urges? Yes, she’s written it!

She hopes to bring clever little lies
to the prince with shoes to fit her foot.
Women? A myth she said, laughing.
Rescue them, there’s not going to be a prince.
It’s the part I play, but I’m still that girl.

Source: Jocelyn McClurg, ‘That Girl’, USA Today insert, Indianapolis Star, April 26, 2014


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