Arrivals, or: Departures

An American sentence: After visiting her child abroad, she returned to a changed Russia. What's an 'American Sentence'? Allen Ginsberg, inventor of the American Sentence, felt that the haiku didnโ€™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 Arrivals, or: Departures

Today’s Nazis, or: Today’s Jews

A 'Septolet' Hitler's Nazis murdered Jews. Putin's propagandists declare The West- -today's Nazis; Russians- -today's Jews. Septolet? The Septolet is a poem consisting of seven lines containing fourteen words with a break anywhere in between the two parts. Both parts deal with the same thought and create a picture.

Iranian-made, or: From Russia with love

A 'Septolet' The port city of Odesa is hit by Iranian-made drones. Russia denies targeting civilians. Septolet? The Septolet is a poem consisting of seven lines containing fourteen words with a break anywhere in between the two parts. Both parts deal with the same thought and create a picture.

President, or: Pope

A 'Septolet' President Xi withholds public support for Putinโ€™s war. Pope Francis supports providing Ukraine weaponry. Septolet? The Septolet is a poem consisting of seven lines containing fourteen words with a break anywhere in between the two parts. Both parts deal with the same thought and create a picture.

Fled, or: Still waiting

Featured image โ€˜Cauld Blaws the Wind Frae East to Westโ€™ (1888) Painting by Joseph Farquharson (1846 โ€“ 1935) An ekphrastic cadralor In the form of 5 kimos I. Hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians displaced within their country, having fled Putin's war. II. Many waiting for up to sixty hours; freezing weather at border; queues up… Continue reading Fled, or: Still waiting

Finally, Israel has a new government

Seeds of hope The Skeptic's Kaddish was never intended as a politics blog, and despite the political turmoil of the last two years (which I won't get into right now), I hadn't written anything about Israel's political scene until very, very recently... The endless political limbo brought about by endless megalomania and endless corruption seemed… Continue reading Finally, Israel has a new government