Poetry Partners #83 'When You Choose War' a poem by Rosemary McMahan of 'Spirit Reflections' ... you cannot stop the Lenten rose’s pale white blossoms from unfurling nor can you command the pink-tinged buds of tulip trees to fold inward. When you choose war, know that the grass still greens in spring, the titmouse seeks… Continue reading Whispered prayers, or: Legions
An American sentence: This Passover, we'll toast freedom in safety while Russia bombs Ukraine. 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… Continue reading Safety, or: False comfort
An ekphrastic poem A crystalline Art: 'Daddy's girl' by Vika Muse Papa, do you remember our clouds that looked like giant teddy bears? Though I fled Ukraine weeks ago, our dear teddy bears followed me here. Do you still look up at Ukraine's skies? I know our bears are watching you. I know because when… Continue reading Ukraine’s skies, or: Teddy bears
d’Verse prosery During these darkest days, child, you must allow yourself to talk what you please of future spring; and sun-warm’d sweet tomorrow will, in this very way, become reality. Yes, the Russians invaded your home and murdered your family; they've raped and tortured your neighbors; they've decimated your city. Yes, much of your country… Continue reading With and for the hope of your nation
Poetry Partners #72 'Will They Continue?', a poem by douryeh of 'Daily Observation' Will there be war, soon Or will they renounce the folly Our world will be lit by Sun & Moon But, again, blood will flow abundantly douryeh: https://hajarstexts.com/ An alouette by ben Alexander of 'The Skeptic's Kaddish' The battlefield's strewn with innocents… Continue reading Uncounted war crimes, or: Murderer(s)
Poetry Partners #68 'a lining of silver', a poem by Jeff Flesch of 'Develop. Inspire. Transform.' I sit atop a tower, looking down at the flowers briar, calling to me at all hours it is beauty seen in the myriad contours and folds of life’s road — gold and shining in the afternoon sun, watching… Continue reading A lining of silver, or: A heart of gold
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 Pathya Vat, or: Form verses creativity
"Denazify Ukraine"? You've all heard that Putin aims to "denazify" Ukraine, which is absurd on its face, given that Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is Jewish himself and his grandfather lost three brothers in the Holocaust. However, let's put aside the absurdity of this argument for now. What I'd like to focus on is the other… Continue reading Today’s Russians are like Jews in Nazi Germany?