d’Verse on break: Poetry Partners

Poets on vacation? So, apparently the d'Verse Poets Pub goes on vacation twice annually - both in the summer and in the winter... meaning - there won't be any poetry prompts until 2022. Last time, during summer break, I was in the midst of working towards my goal of completing a series of 365 poems… Continue reading d’Verse on break: Poetry Partners

Not to be, or: To be

A Cleave poem looking out for a place to go these words find their audience hall to perform in… you, such as you are and you aren’t… and whoever else will harken, such as your poetry community members of many clever, nuanced allusions that draw subtle connections to desperate, yearning loneliness, understanding much of our… Continue reading Not to be, or: To be

Our welcoming school community

Now that the Jewish High Holy Days (Rosh HaShanah, Yom Kippur, etc.) are over, the school year is in full swing in Israel. Happily, our daughter's first grade teacher, who had been sick with COVID and was absent at the beginning of the school year, is back in the classroom. To a large extent, we… Continue reading Our welcoming school community

Yes, well, or: When you put it that way

An American sentence: Mental limits to our capacities for relationships exist. 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 removing the line… Continue reading Yes, well, or: When you put it that way

Tips for bloggers #10: Dealing with spam on WordPress

A different kind of tip Dealing with spammy comments on WordPress is not entirely necessary. Most bloggers simply delete them and move on. Therefore, this particular piece of advice is not essential... Still, there is a best practice (in my opinion); and I would like to share my lessons learned with the community. If you… Continue reading Tips for bloggers #10: Dealing with spam on WordPress

Archfiend, or: Writers’ bloc

A rispetto Were we to form a writers' bloc... Perhaps we could push back the Beast That poets know as Writer's Block... Surely it's worth a try at least?! Whenever Demon courage stomps, We'll force It back with writing prompts... When Archfiend motivation smothers, We'll rally to inspire each other! This poem was inspired by… Continue reading Archfiend, or: Writers’ bloc

My first poetry reading

Poets of Babel By very happy coincidence, Shoshana Sarah, whom I discovered ~2 weeks ago here on WordPress lives only five buildings down from me. It's a funny thing... Not so long ago, I was kvetching here about not connecting with any Israelis on WordPress, despite having met so many friends throughout the world; and… Continue reading My first poetry reading