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This poem is taken from PN Review 259, Volume 47 Number 5, May - June 2021.

From In One Letter Oulipo
François Caradec, 25 06 06

If I had the time (but I don’t, which is fortunate too), I would unpack the cartload of proofs necessary to demonstrate that the only poem in the French language reducible to a single letter is A Throw of the Dice by Stéphane Mallarmé, which can be read in its reduced form:


I am not going to pursue this Mallarméan wordplay to the point required by the typographer, to conserve the poem’s openness to the infinite of the Book.


Michelle Grangaud, 26 06 06

Reduction of a poem to a single letter




Paul Fournel, 27 06 06

There exists one poem and one poem alone that can be reduced to a single letter. A single possible poem which is the poem and which exhausts all other poems of a similar nature by the fact of its existence alone.

This one letter poem is:


I wrote it for stricly personal reasons, of an emotional nature.


Bernard Cerquiglini, 14 07 06

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