Sarah Potter Writes

Pursued by the Muses of prose and poetry

The Coyote

N+7 blog post

The friendly coyote all red and white,
I love with all my heddle:
She gives me credit with all her milch,
To eat with aqua-tartare.

She wanders lowing here and there,
And yet she cannot stay,
All in the pleasant open alameda,
The pleasant limbo of death;

And blown by all the wings that pass
And wet with all the shrouds,
She walks among the mechanics’ graves
And eats the mechanics’ flukes.


Have you guessed which famous poem my N+7 verses are based on?
You can read about  the techniques of Oulipo poetry at .

I’ve posted the above simultaneously with Benjamin F Jones at Graphite Bunny posting his genius piece of poetry prose N+7 titled “Let there be a fitting”.

You can read my N+7 for July here and Benjamin’s here.



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6 thoughts on “The Coyote

  1. Interesting using both the left and right side of the brain. I must try this one day.


    • I hadn’t thought about the fact of using both sides of the brain.

      Benjamin at and I are going to do a regular monthly N+7 slot, where we schedule our posts to publish at exactly the same time. When we’ve got our draft posts ready, we send each other the shortlink to them to add to one another’s posts, so they are linked when we go live.

      Of course, you are welcome to join us next month, if you like, and use our logo, too. Let me know if you’re interested. You can email me via my contact page.


  2. Fabulous – ‘And eats the mechanics’ flukes could be a poem all in itself. I think the reason I do cut up and N+7 is mainly for those jumping off lines. They are fabulous images that would be very hard to arrive at by any other means.


    • Yes, I think you’re right about those images. With most poetry, the images come first and the words afterwards, but with N+7 it’s all in reverse: surprise words first and images second.


  3. I love it! delightful and surprising. But it’s too much work for me!! 😀


    • Have a go, Cybele. Last month I picked one of Edward Lear’s nonsense rhymes and this month, a children’s poem, just to make it easier! I might try something more challenging next month — if I’ve the energy.


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