Beautiful Outlaw

The Beautiful Outlaw is a technique developed by the OULIPO group which combines poetry and mathematics. In a Beautiful Outlaw you start with a phrase and each line includes all of the letters of the alphabet except for the letters corresponding to words in the phrase. If the phrase is Beautiful Outlaw, it will be a two line poem and the first line contains all letters except ‘b e a u t I f l,’ and the second line contains all letters except ‘o u t l a w.’

Other types of OULIPO include N+7 and the Snowball technique. With the N+7 you write a poem and then replace all of the substantive nouns with the noun seven nouns after in in a dictionary. In the Snowball poem you begin each line with a word one letter long, then the second word is two letters long, the third is three letters long, and so forth.

Beautiful Outlaw:

only

firm amber cat shimmers aghast as the just wizard picks a quiet but vexed kiwi

I’m not sure that I can make any sense with a longer phrase so I will leave it with ‘only.’

N+7:
(thanks to thefreedictionary.com)

firm amber cat-door shimmers aghast as the just wobble-board picks a quiet but vexed Klagenfurt.

Snowball:

I am two with three flying penguin spotters
a so big tree jumps before landing backward

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