Poetry for work

Backstory At The Jewish Agency for Israel, where I work in Jerusalem, there's an Office of Global Customer Experience (GCE), which is relatively new. Amir, the Director of GCE, is the creative sort, as one might expect, and he believes that any successful "customer experience" must begin with an organization's employees, whom he also considers… Continue reading Poetry for work

Un ange hypnotique

"Oui, I know it's a documentary, Mathéo, but why does the dialogue have to be so stodgy? Everything about this script c'est tout simplement horrible... and pour l'amour de Dieu - these visuals are a blur! C'est atroce! "Joëlle, vite! Mon Dieu! Go tell that cameraman to get a take of Mr. Pradeau without those… Continue reading Un ange hypnotique

Specimens

A 'Drabble' (100 words) The scientists tittered with excitement, observing the humans on the screen. Specimens such as these were difficult to acquire, as Earth had been destroyed during the Contraction; and little was known of their mating habits. Bleary-eyed, the man and woman arose from the floor and scanned their cell; the flashing black… Continue reading Specimens

French, or: Arabic

A 'Bref Double' I took French for seven years in school; Now I remember very little of it. As an adult, I studied Arabic - Flushing what remained from my brain. The brain can rust like any other tool; That's something Papa liked to tell me. "Practice if you want something to stick." My seven years… Continue reading French, or: Arabic

Соус, or: Соул

Pronunciation mess Word sauce Соус ➜ soh-oos My own ingredients ferment Betray identities Sharpen distinctions Burn my tongue Соул ➜ soh-ool I'm bottled, jarred Spilled out onto the Shattered shards of broken empires Soh-ool music swallows Mispronunciations mine Add flavor Thicken the soh-oos with Some plot d'Verse poetics: What’s bubbling? At d'Verse, writers were encouraged… Continue reading Соус, or: Соул

Kievan Rus’, or: The modern nations

A 'Septolet' War has forever transformed Ukrainians. Ukrainians now want to expunge everything Russian from Ukraine. 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.

Helpless, and/or: Intimate

An American sentence: I'm having an intimate encounter with your brain through your eyeballs. Another American sentence: Your brain is helpless to my words' advances. Imagine a green cow. 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… Continue reading Helpless, and/or: Intimate

Ugly, or: Misunderstood

Poetry Partners #93 'An Ugly Poem', by Amelia Michelle Nicol of 'And Or Theory' Far too philosophical and just Lacking imagery Overlapping or side by side, intertwined emphasis, color, leading lines, rules of thirds lists of negatives, another light dodging or burning art and beauty, the disturbing the differences, the uncertain certitude, fortitude, beauty and… Continue reading Ugly, or: Misunderstood