Interview Questions

1. What excites you about Oulipost?

It excites me and terrifies me to be forced to write within constraints. It’s an exciting way to have a genuine reason to write every day. I have been doing a daily poem since January of 2012, as a kind of discipline, a devotion to the craft of writing. Oulipost puts a whole new slant on devotion and craft, doesn’t it?

2. What, if anything, scares you about Oulipost?

The exactness of the prompts are somewhat intimidating for me. I saw a sneak peek at the prompts. April 4 and April 13 particularly scared me, for their serious sounding titles! Writing with constraints is enormously challenging.

3. Have you written experimental or found poetry before? If so, tell us about it.

I am an elementary teacher at a small private school, and I have conducted many poetry workshops in April over the years. Several of them have been found poetry workshops, usually working with middle-school ages, but sometimes younger. I always participate with my students as we work together. Other than that, the only real experimental poetry I’ve done was in college.

4. What newspaper will serve as your source text?

I will be using the local daily paper, the Indianapolis Star, and the weekly alternative newspaper, Nuvo.

5. Who’s your spirit Oulipian?

I chose Ian Monk. He’s a present member of the group, a poet and translator, an expat from England living in Paris. I read some of his poems. He uses the “f” word with great gusto and beauty, so I found myself drawn to his spirit!


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. sonjajohanson10
    Mar 15, 2014 @ 14:53:28

    Since 2012? You are my hero. 🙂


  2. Beth Ayer
    Mar 15, 2014 @ 16:09:53

    Hi Mary. Welcome to Oulipost! Thank you for joining us.


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  4. glittergirl59
    Apr 16, 2014 @ 16:50:38

    Ahhhh the “f” word. My absolute favorite. Allan Sherman typed it out on two pages in his seminal The Rape of the A.P.E.


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