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The Hoax of Contagion
Michael Leong

The Hoax of Contagion, by Michael Leong

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Michael Leong puts the oooh! into Oulipo in this constraint-based suite of pieces. He says in the introduction, “in the spirit of poetic constraint, I chose to write in a form called a beau présent or ‘beautiful in-law’: it is, according to the Oulipo Compendium, a poem dedicated to a person that only employs letters found in that person’s name.” An excerpt:

Ahab’s Harp
     for Patrick Bahls

I cask black salt —
I chart a past scar, a para-haptic
star trail —

Rapt, I clasp a brackish altar —

I bait astral backlash —
I trap lack, I part arctic air —

I shall scalp a shark —
I shall char it —

I shall tack a brash ship —
I shall hiss sap that rasps —

I, alpha patriarch, stark tsar,
shall spit a lisp that splits asphalt —

—Michael Leong

16 pages. $10, includes standard shipping within the Continental USA.


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