N+7 Poetry / by Heather Taylor

Using a prompt from Poets & Writers, I wrote a poem using the N+7 form, conceived of by the French poets of the Oulipo movement. Basically you choose one of your own poems and replace each noun in that text with the noun occurring seven entries below it in your dictionary.

So I chose:

Study 28

His eyes
Flick from papers
To penetrate my flat
A new found breakfast ritual
Now craved.

Who looks
At covered girls
Faces buried in paints
Pencils giving life instead of
Living?

The new version is:

Stunt 28

His facade
Flicks from parables
To penetrate my flaws
A new found breakfast roach
Now craved.

Who looks
At covered glaciers
Facilities buried in palaeography
Pennants giving lightning instead of
Loam?