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 didnโ€™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

Or, or: Or

Sevenling (Or offers) Or offers versatility, or food for thought, or three possibilities in one, as it were. I don't know or- do I? Or can be inclusive or exclusive. It sounds like our and er. Or, when switched in for and or but, gives pause (or should). Or suggests relation; contrast; even... tension. Sevenling… Continue reading Or, or: Or

Diaspora, or: Home

My 1st 'Synchronicity' poem EPIGRAPH: All language is a longing for home.-Rumi (1207 โ€“ 1273) I grew up in an immigrant family. At home our tongue was Russian. All my cousins' parents also spoke Russian, but never to my cousins. Only I talked with Babushka and Dedushka in Russian. They liked that. But we are… Continue reading Diaspora, or: Home

The language of my home, or: Ruined

Sevenling (Russian was) Russian was always the language of my home and continues to be cuz my wife's from Russia; it's opened doors for me; it's broadened my world. Over the past decade, I've educated Russian speakers; visited family and friends in Russia; discovered Russian folk rock music by Otava Yo. Has Putin ruined all… Continue reading The language of my home, or: Ruined

Israeli, and/or: American

Two American sentences: Born and bred in Israel, my daughter's Hebrew sounds American. She speaks English fluently; but she's never been to America. 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… Continue reading Israeli, and/or: American