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from the Oulipo Manifesto

from Oulipo: A Primer of Potential Literature:

A word at the end for the benefit of those particularly grave people who condemn without consideration and without appeal all work wherein is manifested any propensity for pleasantry.

When they are the work of poets, entertainments, pranks, and hoaxes still fall within the domain of poetry. Potential literature remains thus the most serious thing in the world. Q.E.D.

Oulipo manifesto, Francois Le Lionnais

also quoted in Shiralee Saul’s Proto-hypertexts

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