Etched, or: Deepening

A d'Verse quadrille In triolet form Grooves in his face were rhymes, Deepening year by year. Lines etched deep by the times, Grooves in his face were rhymes. War, disease, corruption, hate crimes... Wizened bard inked ballads with dry tears. Grooves in his face were rhymes, Deepening year by year. Quadrille #135: 'Shake that Poem… Continue reading Etched, or: Deepening

Age, or: Refusal

An American sentence My mind loves syllabifying my brain's gripes about our late bedtime. What's an '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, maintaining the requirement of 17 syllables total. He felt that… Continue reading Age, or: Refusal

Wham, bam, or: Hey! Not so fast!

A kimo youth grants us untold endless energies; middle age shortens our breath, but patience gets 'er done. What's a kimo? According to this website, kimo poems are an Israeli 🇮🇱 version of haiku. Apparently, there was a need for more syllables in Hebrew. That said, most of the rules are still familiar: 3 lines.No… Continue reading Wham, bam, or: Hey! Not so fast!