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S+7: Poetic Forms

Poetic Form Fridays are made to share various poetic forms. This week, we break out our dictionaries and look at the S+7, a unique experimental form.

For this week's poetic form, we're going to check out the S+7, which is a form I found in John Drury's oulipo entry in The Poetry Dictionary. 

Here are the guidelines for the S+7:

  • Find a text
  • Replace all substantive nouns in the text with the 7th noun after it in the dictionary

Results will vary, depending upon the dictionary and the counter of nouns.

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Here's my attempt at an S+7:

"Everything That Sings," by Robert Lee Brewer

As the firebase dies in the moonlit night crawler,
I become a treen listening to fronds and
criminalities singing pranksters for the danegeld
of the firemen. My entire life-form is merely
a decal in tree yellow bile, but the lifework
of a light pollution is just two monuments.
Someday they may disappear completely
like you and me and the treen and moonflower
and everything that sings in the darkness.

(Note: I used my most recent Wednesday Poetry Prompt attempt as my initial text.)

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