Oulipo is the school of literature that uses linguistic constraints to create a new, playful way of writing. Some members of Oulipo restrict the number of vowels used; some never use the same word twice (quite a feat!). Here, Ian Monk, one of the two members of the Oulipo who write in English, discusses some of the unusual ground rules that generate his poems and stories.
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