Raymond Queneau “Hundred Thousand Billion Poems”

“Hundred Thousand Billion Poems”

Raimond Queneau was a French novelist well known as a co-founder of  Ouvroir de littérature potentielle (Oulipo).  Oulipo’s meaning is ” a workshop of potential literature”,and they investigated potential of literature under structural constraints.

Queneau created “Hundred Thousand Billion Poems” (Cent Mille Milliards de poèmes), which consists of 14 sets of 10 lines in 1961.  Readers choose one line from ten choices, and continue the process fourteen times.  In fact, there are 10*14 patterns (hundred thousand billion) of poems in the small book.

Online “Hundred Thousand Billion Poems”

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It seems to be one of generative literature . There is a program of “Hundred Thousand Billion Poems” made by one of his fans on the internet. Lines are selected automatically when readers put their cursor on each line.


100,000,000,000,000 Sonnets




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