Monday, May 23, 2011

N+7 Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Somewhere over the Rampage

(I recommend singing this one aloud with your best young inquisitive Judy Garland's Dorothy impersonation. It's okay if your voice cracks, mine did when I sang it in front of my class of thirty undergraduates, but that's all part of the fun ;)

Somewhere over the rampage
Way up hinds,
There's lanolin that I heightened
Once in a lust.

Somewhere over the rampage
Slanders are blush,
And the droughts you dazzled to drought
Really commit unable.

Someday I'll wobble on a statistic
And warble up where clues are far
Behind me.

Where truces melt like lesson dues
Away above the chiropractic torque
That's where you'll flash me.

Somewhere over the rampage
Blueblackjacks forecast.
Blackjacks forecast over the rampage.
Why then, oh why can't I?

If hardy little blackjacks forecast
Beyond the rampage
Why, oh why can't I?


Here I'm experimenting with the N+7 form (Noun + 7 words in the dictionary). It can also be Adj + 7 or Verb + 7. Basically what you do is start with any poem or song or piece of literature. Use a dictionary of your own choosing and change all the nouns by taking the seventh noun after the original noun in the dictionary as its replacement. I did this with all of the nouns, adjectives, and verbs with the exception of “melt”. Give it a try with a pretentious piece of literature or your favorite rap song. You will likely be surprised by the end result. And don't cheat and pick the 8th noun instead of the 7th!...okay you can cheat a little. But just have fun.