So today is the 3rd of April, which must mean that it's the third day of the A to Z challenge. I've decided to share my love of writing through this challenge, and hopefully introduce people to the world of Oulipo. I first heard about Oulipo when I was at university, and I was fascinated by their approach to writing that I decided to delve deeper into the world of experimental writing.
In a nutshell, this group of writers likes to assign constraints to their work in order to push creative boundaries. Not only is this fun to do (the process of writing something with a constraint really does open the mind), the results are brilliant.
C is for ... CONSTRAINTE DU PRISONNIER (prisoner's constraint)
*****"... imagine a prisoner whose supply of paper is restricted. To put it to fullest use, he will maximise his space by avoiding any letters extending above or below the line (b, d, f, g, h, j, k, l, p, q, t, and y) and only use a, c, e, i, m, n, o, r, s, u, v, w, x, and z."
Oulipo Compendium ed. Harry Matthews & Alastiar Brotchie (
London: Atlas Press, 2005) page 215.
This was developed for/by prisoners who were given a limited supply of paper for writing letters. Therefore, in order to write as much as possible, they didn't want to use letters that could possibly overlap/take up too much space. Here is my attempt.
we are over. no more us. no more we. now me. i am me. me. once i saw us, in a vision. a vow in amour. roses, a vicar. now no more. visions are over. our avenue ceases. i'm now a maven. i can own vices. man uses me no more. curvaceous, cavernous vixens weave venomous sinews, a maze. a curse on scum women, sour winners in a race. no excuses. man vexes me. men vex me. men scar me. men ruin. men roam. men rove. warrior men scour, seize. woman cries raw. i crave a man, a nice man, a wise man. not a con man.