by Robin Boothroyd

A univocalism is a poetic form that enables the use of one vowel and one vowel only. It was pioneered by Oulipo, a group of bonkers French writers and mathematicians, who believe(d) that linguistic restraint reveals the true nature of the unconscious. Here’s one that only includes A.



A jackdaw darts past
a dark landmass
and lands
athwart a black branch.
Gnats swarm.
Stags brawl.
Swans arch.
Hark! A hawk snags a lark.
Sharp claws hack, slash, dash.
Dastardly, a flash hawk snacks.


You can read some of my other formal experiments here. Discover more about Oulipo here [French].