Servants, or: Masters

An American sentence: With true poets, it's hard to know whether words are servants or masters. 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… Continue reading Servants, or: Masters

Memories, or: Dreams

My 2nd blank verse EPIGRAPH: We all have our time machines. Some take us back, they’re called memories. Some take us forward, they’re called dreams.–Jeremy Irons (b. 1948) ... regret and failure, hopelessness against bulwark stubborn the generation's this; responding before breathe and pause; pain and anger the stifle and, kiss, hug, smile shall I; do… Continue reading Memories, or: Dreams

My way, or: The highway

A Gogyohka car careening upside down, down the hill, I relaxed; always my nature to accept our lack of control; the car spinning out, smashing into, launching me through the trees couldn't have (for nobody could have) known about the oil spill coating the asphalt highway d’Verse Quadrille #139: 'Closing in on the end of 2021'… Continue reading My way, or: The highway

Words, or: Control

Poetry Partners #2 'Words', a poem by Judy Dykstra-Brown of 'LifeLessons' By their adjustment, I change their drift, but when I alter their lilt, I am as transformed by them as they are by me. I am inebriated by words. I reel in their power as they call my bluff. They reflect the changes in… Continue reading Words, or: Control

Letting loose, or: Ceding control

A sijo I've feelings I cannot describe \ and others I fear letting loose; the latter tend to dress themselves \ in the guise of the former; I could stick labels on them \ but could never pull them off. Power is domination, control, and therefore a very selective form of truth which is a… Continue reading Letting loose, or: Ceding control