QUILLFYRE’S #OULIPOST 18 HOMOCONSONANTISM

Ouliposter-Badge-Blue-300x300From the Oulipost site:

Choose a sentence or short passage from your newspaper to complete a homoconsonantism. In this form, the sequence of consonants in a source text is kept, while all its vowels are replaced. For example:

ORIGINAL: To be or not to be: that is the question.
CONSONANTS ONLY: T b r n t t b t t s t h q s t n
FINAL PRODUCT: As burnt tibia: it heats the aqueous tone.

This is much more difficult than it seems at first, trying to find the right words that are flexible enough, and in the right order, to work easily with new vowels. I have probably given up on this too quickly, but threatening migraine tells me I need to take a rest.  So, here was my original sentence:

WE ARE ALL THE SAME PEOPLE, WITH THE SAME DREAMS, THE SAME SUFFERING. 

First, I tried substituting xx’s for the vowels:

WxxRxxLLTHxSxMxPxxPLxWxTHTH xSxMxDRxxMSTHxSxMxSxFFxRxNG

but I found that I was mixing the xx’s in as new consonants.  So I went back and eliminated those and parsed the sentence I’d created, changing words to fit the proper consonants:

WRLLTHSMPPLWTHTHSMDRMSTHSMSFFRNG

My first attempt came out like this, which made little sense, and I was stumped at the double FF:

AWE REALLY, THESE, MOP POOP LAW, IT HATH AS A MUDROOM THIS AMUSE

 

My final attempt is just as much nonsense, but with a couple of words changed to plurals (poetic licence!) this is what I have:

WOE, REALLY!
THOSE MOPE-UP LAWS:

IT HATH, AS A MAD ROOM
THESE MUSE-OFFERINGS

CAS April 18, 2014

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7 thoughts on “QUILLFYRE’S #OULIPOST 18 HOMOCONSONANTISM

  1. Pingback: Oulipo 18: April 18 — Homoconsonantism | Margo Roby: Wordgathering

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