Kherson then, or: Now

A 'Septolet' Ukrainians restore utilities and clear landmines. Ukrainians investigate hundreds of war crimes in Kherson. 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.

On my hands, or: In cold blood

An American sentence: Hands bloodied, I grin. Killing mosquitoes brings me cold satisfaction. 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. He felt that removing… Continue reading On my hands, or: In cold blood

The barkeep removed his spectacles

A 'Drabble' "Who's the kid, Julius?" "That's Aldo, Boss. He worked for Marcus 'til his joint got shot up. His cocktails are the best around." "That so? Hey, kid - what's your specialty?" Bashfully, the little barkeep adjusted his spectacles. "Well, Sir, I've been working on somethingโ€ฆ" "Ok, Albert. Why doncha make me one? Maybe… Continue reading The barkeep removed his spectacles

The inglorious, concealed bunker

The people's outcry at Robison's murder had been unexpected. Who'd known that the damned gadfly had been so beloved?! Weren't talk show hosts merely a dime a dozen? Lord Greer frowned as he recalled his nighttime flight to the inglorious, concealed bunker, deep in the forest. He had been in hiding for weeks. Suddenly, Greer's… Continue reading The inglorious, concealed bunker

Humans, or: Statistics

A haibun Click for full size Look, I don't identify as politically liberal or politically progressive. I'm very much a centrist and interested in understanding all sides of political arguments. Not only that, but I tend to support high levels of personal freedom. So, I'm totally open to having a guns rights activist explain this… Continue reading Humans, or: Statistics

Brute, Anytime, or: Petty

This year, I am attempting to become active on Twitter after having created an account last year to post 365 micropoems. Among other things, this means I will be responding to Twitter poetry prompts. Initially, I wasn't planning on x-posting those here, but then I realized: if I don't save my Twitter poems elsewhere, I'll… Continue reading Brute, Anytime, or: Petty

Enough, or: Blame to go around

An American sentence Crime among Israeli Arabs continues claiming lives daily. 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. He felt that removing the line… Continue reading Enough, or: Blame to go around