TheHungerArtist's Workshop: A Lipogram

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TheHungerArtist's Workshop: A Lipogram

This workshop is now CLOSED. Look below for a list of entries.

We've reached a total of 26 entries this time, the highest so far. Thank you for the participation and support!

As always, we encourage you to critique each other. TheHungerArtist is currently reading the entries and will respond with his top picks January 20.

Cheers. :)

January 6, 2008

Taylor's (aka :TheHungerArtist) poems have appeared in Mimesis, Poet Lore and Rhino. Also, his motley collection of occupations include: legal runner, camera salesman, graduate student, ditch-digger, and bulldozer operator. He is currently working on an inter-cultural anthology of poetry including American and Slovene writers.

You might like to read his excellent poem, Boris the Manskinner.

Taylor has a po'try challenge for us:

A Lipogram

:iconthehungerartist:: A lipogram is literally a "missing letter." The missing letter in this case is "E." This particular constraint causes trouble for English (and French) writers because "E" is found in many commonly used words and constructions. For instance, eliminating "E" makes writing in the past tense problematic. An author would be limited to a relatively small set of irregular verbs. Another obvious exclusion would be the definite article, "the."

If we all thought long and hard, we could probably come up with an impressive list of rhetorical restrictions idiosyncratic to English compositions without the letter "E." However, I'm more interested in seeing it in action.

Because "E" is rather difficult to avoid without intentional word choice this exercise should make a writer consider each word very carefully. The challenge is not in writing a series of words without using the letter "E"; it is in writing a poem worth reading. If I could offer any general advice to emerging (or even established) writers, it would be:

Write to be read.

The poems written for this workshop--or any other formal poems for that matter--will be most successful when they do not bring undue attention to the constraining factors of the form (of course, there are notable exceptions). Write a poem that will not make me miss the letter "E." Write a poem for a world in which "E" does not exist.

[1] Do not use a word containing the letter "E" (not even if it is elided, which means inserting an apostrophe or otherwise replacing the letter).
[2] Do not write a haiku (or any other short form) unless you have a good deal of experience in the form.
[3] 15-line minimum (unless writing in a short form)

Lipogram in literature:

In 1939, Ernest Vincent Wright, Gadsby: A Novel of Over 50000 Words Without using the Letter "E."

In 1969, Georges Perec, La Disparition. A novel in French.

In 1994, Gilbert Adair reproduced this feat in an English translation of La Disparition titled A Void.

How to Submit

After submitting your entry as a new deviation or scrap, send us a note with a link to your poem. Include the subject line "LIPOGRAM" in your note. The deadline is midnight January 16 , 2008. All times are set for GMT. TheHungerArtist will respond to the entries on January 20, 2008.

A note from Writers-Workshop: As always, no prose submissions will be allowed. We encourage you to critique each other at the end of the workshop, but we have realised that some rules for accepting critique are missing from our news articles and journals. This is because most of our participants are wonderful: they continually surprise us with their willingness to learn and experiment, and they take criticism very well. However, for those who are unaware of critique conventions:

:postit: On Accepting Critique

:bulletblue: Always thank the critic. This gratitude must be as sincere as possible, even if you did not like the critique given, because the critic has taken time to offer his/her opinion of the piece.
:bulletblue: If you do not like the critique, it is not necessary to mention so. Simply thank the critic and move on. You can always ignore their suggestions, while not making a scene of it.
:bulletblue: If you are unsure of what the critique means, feel free to ask the critic what s/he meant. Building rapport with your critic is one of the best ways to survive in a workshop and to learn. If you want examples, ask. Similarly, if you like the suggestions given, mention it. Critic's have feelings too. :)
:bulletblue: In the unlikely case that a critic offers rude/sexist/racist/etc comments, feel free to contact Writers-Workshop in a note and we will try to help you. A decision regarding the rudeness of the critique will be taken, and if we're not sure ourselves, we will consult with one of the GDs or anyone else high up on deviantART.

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January 16, 2008

Entries (in alphabetical order of deviant's username):

Lipogram by Amy--Louise
A Favour by 007-bewareofthesnowm
Spirit of Choir Girl by BeccaJS
Waltz by Bunnygirle26
Suhail by CrystalSeeker
Paint with Words by darksouldream
Tarnish by Erin88
Plight of Many by fense
Worship by GeneratingHype
cant slink away from that by ihateryanhume
no mustard by ihateryanhume
Guilty by inspiredimperfection
Paint Our World by itzjusdrama
Night Assassin by kittyfantastic24
Unnamed Lipogram by LiKNa
Bright Star by littlemissmoody
Soul Lipogram by MaskedVengeance
Work according to Job by Memnalar
Disclosing Drama by Neftoon-Zamora
Lipogram by Negated
At A Loss by Queen-of-Marigold
mocking moonlight by rasiqra
Bully by dr3amup
Duct Soup by TheLightsWentOutIn99
Cloud by xCamix
Mid August by X-lesbian-X

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inspiredimperfection's avatar
wow that's great that so many worked on this! :w00t: i guess we've all been dizzy filtering e's out of our lives :lmao: