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Thanks for this, Dan - great essay on a fascinating sounding project.


Oulipian restrictions are fascinating, impressive, but sometimes seem arbitrary. Griffiths' parameters are logical, especially because the original character is not his own and it makes sense that he'd only use the words provided - but if read as a sovereign text, would Let Me Tell You hold up, stand alone?

Your description of the book's matter reflecting its manner recommends my giving it a try.

Jim H.

Thanks for pointing us to Griffiths' exercise. As you note, all poetry is written under some form of formal constraint (rhyme, meter, form, genre, etc.).

I knew nothing of Griffiths prior to this post and will now need to explore this work.

Jim H.

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