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Boolean Poem: Poetic Forms

Poetic Form Fridays are made to share various poetic forms. This week, we look at the boolean poem, a mix of found and collaborative poetry.

While looking through the oulipo entry in John Drury's The Poetry Dictionary, I found a mention of the boolean poem. For the boolean poem, poets make a new poem using words common to two poems. 

I'm not sure if I'm interpreting it the right way, but I'm taking that to mean that I can use any words in two poems to create a new poem. That's what my example below does. However, it may mean that a poet can only use the words that appear in each poem, which seems a little limiting, but...maybe.

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Here's my attempt at a boolean poem:

"Cosmonautics and the World," by Robert Lee Brewer

It was clear the megagalactic
mask we wear said nothing
in counting our fully dressed sighs
with myriad subtleties.

We smile, but not at the moment,
this sheltered darkness with torn
and bleeding knees--let the world
dream in homeostasis (curled
up and gone to sleep) otherwise.

[For this example, I used "We Wear the Mask," by Paul Laurence Dunbar, and "Going Home," by Wislawa Szymborska.]

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