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

The gully, or: Machete

I. There was a gully behind... So we called it, anyway, although... the house that I grew up in; actually, it might not have been. It was hidden by the trees at the back... Looking back, I never questioned what... of my backyard, past the leaves of poison ivy; the kids called it; I adopted… Continue reading The gully, or: Machete

Roots, or: Wings

My 1st Lai She has a playdate with her new classmate today. Her excitement's great; the skip in her gait conveys her overjoyed state. Adventures await - Hooray! Their teacher is wise and good sense applies in class. Seating plan devised, sixty anxious eyes, en masse, up to hers did rise, but her poise defies… Continue reading Roots, or: Wings

To life, or: L’chayim*

An American sentence: When writing 'American Sentences', sometimes I get carried a-way. Footnote: In Hebrew, 'l'chayim' means 'to life', and the numerical value of 'live' is '18' (all letters of the Hebrew alphabet correspond to numbers). What's an 'American Sentence'? Allen Ginsberg, inventor of the American Sentence, felt that the haiku didn’t work as well… Continue reading To life, or: L’chayim*

My poem ‘Half a dozen of the other, or: Jew’ published on MasticadoresIndia

The lovely Terveen Gill, editor of MasticadoresIndia, has published my poem titled 'Half a dozen of the other, or: Jew' in this esteemed publication. I am very thankful to Terveen for her kind support of my writing and wish her and the magazine the greatest success with their exciting new project. Please go to MasticadoresIndia… Continue reading My poem ‘Half a dozen of the other, or: Jew’ published on MasticadoresIndia

‘Poets of Babel’ in Jerusalem!

Poets in Jerusalem? Yes, poets in Jerusalem! How (and I do mean HOW) cool is this? Through WordPress, I have come across a fellow poet in Jerusalem! Her name is Shoshana Sarah; and (even better!) she organizes multilingual poetry readings in Jerusalem. Her poetry group is called 'Poets of Babel', and it meets several times… Continue reading ‘Poets of Babel’ in Jerusalem!

First impressions of first grade

Today in the stairwell of our apartment building, our upstairs neighbors asked our six-year-old daughter if she's feeling excited about going into first grade next week. She responded, "Yes, I am, but my father is even more excited." Now, subtlety was never my strong suit, but, to be fair, my wife is also very excited.… Continue reading First impressions of first grade