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

Fall, Mountain, or: Beacon

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 Fall, Mountain, or: Beacon

Unified by a cause and a value system…

A nation is not defined by its borders or the boundaries of its land mass Rather, a nation is defined by adverse people who have been unified by a cause and a value system and who are committed to a vision for the type of society they wish to live in and give to the… Continue reading Unified by a cause and a value system…

Half a dozen of the other, or: Jew

Tassels swinging as they walk to the Wall on Saturdays; perhaps not. It depends, you know. Some wear frock coats so you wouldn't know it; plus- tassels probably don't swing much under heavy polyester. I went abroad to teach a group of secular Jews from Russia in Georgia. The country. I wore my skullcap (that's… Continue reading Half a dozen of the other, or: Jew

Peaces, or: Jerusalem

I. You, wholly holy; we, ever so lowly Slip on limestones bearing your name Winter winds whip our brollies As we boldly, with folly Venture out to the streets in the rain Yet your sun's more unworldly Harsh gold rays broil slowly Through the Mid Eastern summer's domain And though your fate seems lonely We… Continue reading Peaces, or: Jerusalem

Eagle, or: Hoopoe

A haibun My response to d'Verse's prompt for Haibun Monday: 'Eagle' As an adult, I left the United States of America. but the United States of America never left me. I have a graduate degree in US public policy; and I lived and worked in Washington, DC for three years. To this day, I continue… Continue reading Eagle, or: Hoopoe