oulipost #26: psycho

Psycho

1.
My wife is still on the fence about
global warming and taxidermy.
Working to survive
in the hardest Jerusalem wind, clouds,
& frustration yields
quite amazing lawmakers.

Nordic funding, cynical exit.
Overall, a well-played dozen.
Quality work.
Major.
Bravo.
Literally: “a tough
difficult game.”

2.
Their conversation drifted to an underwater
suffering cigarette. “Jesus, we have to rebound.”
Requested dozens of cigarettes and
knit the longest, hardest exit: “I’m a female
impersonator” working hard.

“You deserve a relationship
with a real person”–
not a half-dozen years old half-submerged
Q*bert frayed-looking gypsum kinks Jamboree sex turtle

skyward olympics Rookie of the Year
above opaque crystals of compacted mechanical engineering
gradually specializing in
next best jackpot.

3.
Exit the Jerusalem sea gaveling.
Exit by my
ultra-refined quality
Fairbanks-type
New Zealand Beach.

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Source Material:

Alaska’s Laughable News. Vol. 2: Issue 52. 26 April 2014. Print.

Martin, Danny. “State cross country champ to run, ski for Nanooks.” Fairbanks Daily News-Miner 26 April 2014. Web. 26 April 2014.

Martin, Danny. “Hutch soccer teams split in Anchorage.” Fairbanks Daily News-Miner 26 April 2014. Web. 26 April 2014.

Staff Report. “Breakup! Tripod falls on the Tanana River.” Fairbanks Daily News-Miner 25 April 2014. Web. 26 April 2014.

Martin, Danny. “Ice Dogs and Wild head to Game 5 after 3-2 thriller in 3OT.” Fairbanks Daily News-Miner 26 April 2014. Web. 26 April 2014.

Richardson, Jeff. “Fairbanks North Star Borough already meets tax standard for same-sex couples.” Fairbanks Daily News-Miner 26 April 2014. Web. 26 April 2014.

Martin, Danny. “Knit-N-Run scheduled for Sunday.” Fairbanks Daily News-Miner 26 April 2014. Web. 26 April 2014.

Prompt:
Belle Absente, or “the beautiful outlaw.” Choose the name of someone from a newspaper article. Each letter of that person’s name, will in order, be its own line or stanza (in my case, stanza). Each line (ie. stanza) will use all of the letters of the alphabet besides that letter of the person’s name. The name I chose was “Psycho,” short of “Psycho Senorita,” a roller-derby name of one of the co-captains of a Fairbanks Roller Derby team called the Gold Diggers (not the one I root for, coincidentally, as I have loyalties to the Raven Rebels, although the Gold Diggers are inherently cool as a result of being a Roller Derby team). So, the first stanza contains all letters of the alphabet besides “P,” the second ditto with “H,” and so on. All the words were sourced from the various news articles. 

This was by far the hardest prompt for me yet. It took a really long time and a lot of source material and a lot of checking, re-checking, and re-re-checking and crossing off letters from lists– and uncrossing them, and crossing them off in different colors, etc. A very technically challenging prompt.

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