Oona: One woman’s journey to find herself – without the letter O
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Alice Lyons: Blends poetry and prose
A short lesson in literary bondage to begin this week’s review. Oulipo is a style that looks to impose certain restrictions on the writing process as a way to acknowledge the inherent restrictions in language itself.
An acronym for Ouvroir de Littérature Potentielle (or Workshop for Potential Literature), it was established in France in the 1960s where a group of intellectuals, headed by the poet Raymond Queneau and mathematician François Le Lionnais, came up with a systematic, self-restricting way of making texts.