War paint, or: Theater

A rant poem in blank verse Paint yourself an angel's innocent white Paint yourself enraged, indignant orange Paint your enemies black-hearted scoundrels Paint your opposition green and guileful Paint [false] former allies yellow-bellied Paint massive war machines brown in thick mud Paint streets red with dead civilians' blood Paint yourself into a corner. Spew hate… Continue reading War paint, or: Theater

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

Mud, Enforce, or: Empire

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 Mud, Enforce, or: Empire

Sore muscles, or: Sore losers

A haibun I, like much of the world, cannot get my mind off of Vladimir Putin's recent and most hubristic of follies: attacking Russia's neighbor Ukraine. The new, emerging global realignment portends a dreadful reality for all of humanity, but especially for Putin's own country; and I cringe inwardly as I write this, for my… Continue reading Sore muscles, or: Sore losers

Darkling, or: Benighted

An American sentence in 10 words: Only explosions and faces of tyrants brighten today's #darkling world. https://twitter.com/kaddish_s/status/1497203985018675203 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.… Continue reading Darkling, or: Benighted