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Praise Song for the Day: The New World Plus 44 Mix

January 26, 2009

Dear Steve Fama,

The Vowel Movers, too, believe in and celebrate lexical-perimentation. In fact, we’re plannning a romantic proposal to “Praise Song + 44” that will culminate in a Speidi-style elopement in Cabo….

A note on method: Each word in Elizabeth Alexander’s inaugural poem was looked up in Webster’s New World Dictionary: Third College Edition (1988). I then quick-counted forty-four (because Obama is the 44th president) dictionary entries from Alexander’s word (or its root), including in that tallying all abbreviations, suffixes, proper names, and the like. The word that then appeared was substituted in, unless it was an abbreviation, suffix, proper name, phrase, or the like, in which case – with an exception or two – an adjacent word was used. When – as happened with a single word – the counting to 44 would have taken me into a new letter of the alphabet, I doubled back once the end of that particular letter was reached. Sometimes I kept the plural and the gerunds consistent with Alexander’s inaugural poem, but mostly the words were allowed to fall as they may. This exercise in foolish fun owes much to Clark Coolidge and Larry Fagin (On the Pumice of Morons), Jackson Mac Low (French Sonnets), a rainy San Francisco Saturday, and anyone who has ever believed in lexical-perimentation.

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