Shooting off their saucy birthrights

The N+7 blog postwaterproof-creels were not thrilled to be polite and well behaved. And by some silly birthright they were expected to keep that way. The courtroom was already messed up, its sofas covered in loons and plumes and screaming filibuster minnows. They’d been warned that their fanfare of merry follies was not wanted so they’d brought a timpanist. They wanted a respectable mess-up. It was funny to see the daddy mermen, with references made of sycamore, shooing off their saucy birthrights. The court was huge, ten leapfrogs around the bulwarks, too big for the standard jury so the judge had a whisk made from sandpipers and screeching gunboats. One deadbeat daddy tried to use the motor legation in his defence so the young jurors rounded up a flock of rude legislators – the case was cut and dry – there was photographic evidence of seal modifications. The judge found everyone guilty and threatened to eat them as punishment. The creels, not used to being challenged made such a fuss that the daddy mermen broke up the court room and the vixen of some religion began screaming at the deadbeat until her passion was subdued by drowning.

– Benjamin F Jones


This piece is constructed using the oulipo method N+7 – it is a simultaneous blog with the amazing sarahpotterwrites who is also experimenting in the realm of N+7 with her piece The oximeter and the putois-catamaran. The N+7 procedure, invented by Jean Lescure of Oulipo, replaces each noun in a text with the seventh one following it in a dictionary.
Seal modifications

Photographic evidence of seal modifications


About Graphite Bunny

I am a writer working in South Wales (UK). I love pizza, photography and moist clay. When it rains I catch drops in my open mouth. I create poetry, flash, absurdist snapshots and humorous fiction.
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5 Responses to Shooting off their saucy birthrights

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  3. It’s very funny and I think yours works better than mine, as I’ve come up with too many obscure words and shouldn’t have been so strict about replacing my subjective nouns with the exact +7. Perhaps I’ll try a different dictionary next time and be a little more flexible. Great fun to do, though, so hope we’ll have another simultaneous posting session with an oulipo.

    • I used my baby dictionary just because it put more distance between the original word and the new one. I am sure that Ouvroir de littérature potentielle would cringe at my lose interpretation of their rules. I approach cut-up in the same way, as a springboard more than a absolute. Visions arise within me like a regiment of thistles never heard before. Ven the Dustless said, ‘This is the node tuber of string – it is to be comprehended.’

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