The game, or: Low expectations

An American sentence: At work, I received a very positive annual review, which made me feel awkward. 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.… Continue reading The game, or: Low expectations

Spine, or: Soul

Poetry Partners #139 A poem by Barbara Dean Aliaga of 'AbuNana' When do you think you will be happy? What do you mean, I'm fine. No, there's a cloud of uncertainty Radiating from your spine. It's not my spine, you see dear sir That shouts to you I'm blue. It's my soul that's caught in… Continue reading Spine, or: Soul

Glass woman, or: Provider

Poetry Partners #59 'Glass Woman', a poem by Bridget of 'The Happy Quitter!' Born fragile Not able to walk The head broke first A small piece fell off It didnโ€™t matter They glued it back on a chip on the shoulder Came loose later You canโ€™t see it Itโ€™s hidden underneath A layer of clothes… Continue reading Glass woman, or: Provider

Selious, or: Sirry

My 1st Virelai Ancien I know, I know! Rhyme is passรฉ! A game that little children play... But I feel young! Old school, they say, but who is 'they'? Besides, I never quite could stay my playful tongue. So, I suppose you'll have your say - Read to the end, then: yay or nay -… Continue reading Selious, or: Sirry