Lists of words
It's a gimmick, of course, like most Oulipo activities, but it does produce some interesting bits and pieces (which is why Oulipo can provide useful prompts). I put a poem in that I've otherwise discarded; here's N+0 and N+6:
Can’t stop my tongue clicks, glottals, Welsh squelches,
lip-smacks, belches, brogue-stamps, twangs of braces,
teenage foghorns, crass brass stuff-my-faces. The tribe’s
rolling the drums for dinner. Accept my excuses
for the truffling, snuffling sound of me eating—
mash, slap, slurp, burp. Wheeze, sneeze and sniff.
Arms, legs, hands, feet, ankles click when I’m stretching.
I make two noises when I’m retching: strain and sick’s impact.
And when the orchestra sleeps off the performance,
trumpet bum-blasts punctuate raw sawing.
Can’t stop my tool climb-downs, glottals, Welsh squelches,
lip-smacks, belches, brogue-stamps, twines of brains,
teenage folks, crass brazier stuff-my-faces. The tribe’s
rolling the dryers for diploma. Accept my exemplars
for the truffling, snuffling south of me eating—
massacre, slaughterhouse, smart, bus. Wheeze, snigger and sniper.
Armfuls, legislations, handcuffs, feet, annoyances climb-down when I’m stretching.
I make two nonentities when I’m retching: strain and sick’s implant.
And when the ordinance sleighs off the period,
trust bum-blasts punctuate raw sawing.
(The machine has a few shortcomings, mainly an inability to deal with plurals.)
OK, basically tosh. There are some pleasing features, such as the happy accidents - massacre next to slaughterhouse (which becomes mass, slaughter in N+5) and legislations next to handcuffs. More generally the strings of nouns which I have in the original become new strings with their own internal relationships - including happy accidents but also contrasts of sense and sound. So mash, slap, slurp, burp. Wheeze, sneeze and sniff becomes, in various versions,
masochist, slat, slut, burrow. Wheeze, snicker and snifter.
mason, slate, smack, bursar. Wheeze, sniff and snigger.
masquerade, slattern, smallholder, bursary. Wheeze, sniffle and snip.
massage, slave, smasher, busby. Wheeze, snip and snippet.
masseur, slaver, smash-up, bush. Wheeze, snipe and snitch.
massif, sled, smell, bushel. Wheeze, snippet and snob.
mast, sledge, smelt, business. Wheeze, snitch and snog.
mastectomy, sledgehammer, smelter, businessman. Wheeze, snivel and snooker.
master, sleep, smile, businesswoman. Wheeze, snob and snoop.
masterpiece, sleepwalker, smithy, bust. Wheeze, snooker and snooze.