OK, last one for the day and then I’m calling it a night. The Oulipost prompt was about permutation of different kinds, such as Lescurean or Roussellian: the bottom line is, take a text and switch around the nouns, first with second, third with fourth, etc. Different patterns will yield different results. I kind of mishmashed my source text (a photography exhibit review) in various ways, and just kind of arranged the nouns in the same locality in a way that would be mildly interesting. You be the judge of whether that element of it succeeded…
And while I’m posting, an announcement: Tessa and I are extending the submission deadline for Issue 2 of CSHS Quarterly, “Alchemies“, until Friday! So, you have another five days to get some stuff in for the theme, and we are in an accepting mood… please head over, see what we’ve got, consider the theme, and send us some work. It will be grand, we hope!
Thelma and Louise Sequel Announced, Decried
Just how tough is the leather
in that babe bouffant, auburn jacket
and mercury cheekbones? She looks
to have been around a bit, as has
the 1969 cougar model she’s just parked
at the hardtop snack drive-in,
its textured shack dulled black by
too many leopard prints. And there she is
again, wearing winters, but in this
second Midwestern story, a martini
trails softly off her hair and she is sipping
a backyard pool. In her shoulders,
a girlfriend and a scenario– who is taking
a cigarette in cheek-collapsing drag?
Both look tense, heavy thirtysomething eyes
not fully camouflaging that they’ve
rounded the makeup of corners. Perhaps
in our cougar-obsessed future,
they’re pondering their youth as water,
the martini-spotted and chipped glass beauty
symbolic of mortality’s culture.