Coping + 7 (Bernstein 15)

13. Substitution (2): “7 up or down.” Take a poem or other text and substitute another word for every noun, adjective, adverb, and verb; determine the substitute word by looking up the index word in the dictionary and going 7 up or down, or one more, until you get a syntactically suitable replacement. (Cf.: Lee Ann Brown’s “Pledge” & Michael Magee’s “Pledge” (go to p.37 of pdf of Morning Constitutionalor Clark Coolidge and Larry Fagin, On the Pumice of Morons.) If you find this too pre-determined, remember that that may be the value, your lack of control. However, a “liberal” alternative: pick any one of the 7 words up or down. 
N+7 web engine. Hacking the Academy

the charles bernstein experiments

This exercise is based on Audre Lorde’s poem, “Coping” which is one of my favourite poems of all time.

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