The Lira, or: Form verses creativity

Sangeetha & David's new poetry project Once upon a time, two poets who'd never met in person spontaneously began writing verses back and forth to one another over the Internet. Their first poetry project took them some nine months: a 100 verse Hyakuin. Once they'd completed their oeuvre, the two decided to continue their creative… Continue reading The Lira, or: Form verses creativity

A night memoir, or: Two

Poetry Partners #37 'Night Memoir' by Orion Foote of 'Visions of Orion Poetry' You never know when a word or two might stick; come creeping through an open window in these small hours. It’s a nagging of letters, where each tone follows a broken rhythm—void of any rhyme or reason except it’s own shuffle towards… Continue reading A night memoir, or: Two

Percentage, or: Interest

An American sentence: What percentage of words in any given sentence convey meaning? 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… Continue reading Percentage, or: Interest

If a cat spoke, or: If a monkey typed

An American sentence: If a cat spoke, it would say things like, 'Hey, I don't see the problem here.'-Roy Blount Jr. (b. 1941) Some further American sentences: Unknowingly, Blount constructed a funny 'American Sentence'.Need 'American Sentences' not be composed deliberately?A monkey could also produce an 'American Sentence' by chance.I'm not comparing Blount to a monkey.… Continue reading If a cat spoke, or: If a monkey typed

In a forest, or: Essence

An American sentence: If a poem is never heard or seen by anyone, is it art? 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 In a forest, or: Essence

About, or: Much ado

An American sentence: A poem about absolutely nothing should have very few words. 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… Continue reading About, or: Much ado

Unbirthday, or: Cheers, mate!

An American sentence: I hereby bestow this sentence upon you. What shall you do with it? 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 Unbirthday, or: Cheers, mate!

Yay, nay, or: I can’t hear you…

An American sentence: Could written lines match the force of the most emotively spoken words? 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… Continue reading Yay, nay, or: I can’t hear you…