for Sydney Brown (Day 23)

April 23, 2016, Winooski
for Sydney Brown

born, summoned, subsequently exiled,
managing nature in red storms of
cotton, bleach, wool, oil, oak, and dyed hope
(exiled, nature, oak)
face of marble, helmet of onion,
suffered the seventh year in Reno,
an ailing fish in a dunce cap well
(onion, suffered, ailing)
buried damage, disappointment in
the stub of a French sprint canoer
concrete product of human cruelty
(damage, sprint, concrete)
a Labrador in a locked cabinet


prompt: from Daniel Levin Becker’s oulipo prompt, which tasks poets with creating a petit récapitul portatif (4 stanzas, 3-3-3-1, nine syllables in each line and repeated words parenthetically after each stanza), using randomly selected Wikipedia articles as source material.

source: all sources linked in each refrain.

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