Raven, or: Your virtual head

Poetry Partners #74

An American Sentence by Kerfe of ‘Lines that aim to be’

Original art by Kerfe

Amid strange recurring sounds, Raven takes charge of your virtual head.

A waltmarie poem by ben Alexander of ‘The Skeptic’s Kaddish’

Comprised of 5 consecutive American sentences

Lucy lost Internet privileges and more for being
The teen's parents were wholly fed up with her rude, incessant
"Never more," she cried softly, quoting her beloved Poe's 'The
Alone in her room, she heard her family gathered below, 
As part of her atonement, they demanded a long essay
on words.


  • 10 lines;
  • even lines are two syllables in length;
  • odd lines are longer (but no specific syllable count);
  • even lines make their own mini-poem if read separately

American Sentence?

Allen Ginsberg, inventor of the American Sentence, felt that the haiku didn’t work as well in English. Ginsberg decided to remove the line structure of the haiku and create poems which only had one requirement: 17 syllables total. These syllables could be arranged in as many or as few sentences as possible.

Muri’s poetry scavenger hunt

My friend Muri (Val) is running a poetry scavenger hunt for Na/GloPoWriMo, which I shall attempt to participate in fully this year.

From what I understand, she’s offering three poetry prompts every week for the duration of the month of April ’22 (on MWF).

Last year, I was pretty busy with my personal micropoetry project so I only responded to several of her poetry challenges, but this year I hope to rectify that!

Let’s write poetry together!

When it comes to partnership, some humans can make their lives alone – it’s possible. But creatively, it’s more like painting: you can’t just use the same colours in every painting. It’s just not an option. You can’t take the same photograph every time and live with art forms with no differences.

Ben Harper (b. 1969)

Would you like to create poetry with me and have a completed poem of yours featured here at the Skeptic’s Kaddish? I am very excited to have launched the ‘Poetry Partners’ initiative and am looking forward to meeting and creating with you… Check it out!

List of Poetry Partners

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