Madmen freely tend sanity
My carnal madness rests in my dreams
My dreams are deadly castles
Castles systematically taint life
Sanity, disease, insanity
Decay in transcendentalism
My dear friend
This was compiled through the OuliPo Prisoner’s Constraint method of found poetry, which uses only the letters that take up the smallest amount of space (those without ascenders or descenders). This poem was crafted out of Dracula by Bram Stoker, which I copied the text from Project Gutenberg and pasted into AppliedPoetics.org to remove words with the offending letters. After which, I picked out words and began building a poem. This took a lot longer than I had anticipated and my first few drafts were awful narratives of pure trash. I like where it all ended, though.