Newt / Oulipo

I published this on Google Plus some time ago, but I thought I should also post it here. The current ascendency of the egregious Newt Gingrich, now supposedly the front-runner for the Republican nomination, brings me back to the time when he was Speaker of the House. At the time I was making heavy use of an anagram-generating program, and it turned out that there were better anagrams for “Newton Leroy Gingrich” (his full legal name) than for nearly any other name or phrase I tried out. This inspired me to write a poem, founded in the Oulipo-style rule that every line had to be an anagram of Newt’s full name:

We’re crooning nightly,
Renewing thorny logic,
Cheerily noting wrong.
Coiling energy, thrown.

Wrongly enticing hero,
Ongoing wintry lecher,
Reigning theory clown,
Whining electron orgy
Growing incoherently.

6 thoughts on “Newt / Oulipo”

  1. Is that meant to be “growling incoherently” on the final line? If so, it’s still a rather accurate characterization of him.

  2. Oh wait–now I see that there’s only one “l” in the full name–so it can’t be “growling”. But I guess he’s “growing incoherently” too, when you think about his poll numbers.

  3. If I ever form a punk band, I will definitely call it “Whining Electron Orgy.”

    Incidentally, I have to take this opportunity to remind everyone of perhaps the greatest Gingrich quotation of all time: “I have two grandchildren — Maggie is 11, Robert is 9. I am convinced that if we do not decisively win the struggle over the nature of America, by the time they’re my age they will be in a secular atheist country, potentially one dominated by radical Islamists and with no understanding of what it once meant to be an American.” Thorny logic, indeed.

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