American Sentences August – November 2013

I have finally gotten a chance to harvest American Sentences from the last few months. As you may know, this is my 13th year of writing one every day and I’ve about 37 left for 2013. Found poems, mistakes, my trip to Morris Graves famous last home in Loleta, CA, The Lake, dreams and things I notice on my daily walk around Hillman City/Columbia City are all sources of poems. You can see all of 2013’s published sentences here: http://paulenelson.com/american-sentences-2/american-sentences-2013/ and learn more about the form here.

8.09.13 – I said: “At least I’m not bleeding from the genitals” – she said: “Not yet!”
8.10.13 – Her name is Kristin Cleage but I read it as “Christian Cleavage.”
8.11.13 – “Scandinavian Skinny-Dippers Warned of Testicle-Biting Fish.”
8.13.13 – Desolation Peak backpacking vigils help keep you irregular.
8.17.13 – dan raphael splatters folks – drives over giant piece of dream melon.
8.24.13 – Ask the guy in the medical marijuana shop if he’ll front some.
8.28.13 – Gary Snyder in a 3AM dream tells me: “Habib’s good for the soul.”
8.31.13 – How many more times summer sandal shimmy try to get a rock out?
9.10.13 – The p-patch after they let tomatoes crack – a walking salad.
9.11.13 – With each September blackberry I pick the spider web goes bobbing.
9.11.13 – I write the poem only after I have eaten the blackberries.
9.12.13 – I can fennel myself on almost any block but still brush my teeth.
9.13.13 – The pause sparrow makes before flying through diamond in chain link fence.
9.14.13 – I am guessing he majored in silence – t-shirt says: STFU.
9.15.13 – At 136.6 decibels Kaepernick’s brain stops working.
9.16.13 – He asked the old drummer what sex in the 70s was like – “more hair.”
9.22.13 – The big bang is the consciousness of Ella Roque scattering cats.
9.23.13 – At the open mic, how his eyebrows twitch as he attempts to yodel.
9.25.13 – I tell the morning friend summer’s over, the afternoon friend it’s not.
9.27.13 – Ella mumbling on our walk – I am sure one of the words was “Goya.”
9.28.13 – A luscious non-linearity w/ “a beehive of scalps and spurtings.”
9.29.13 – Up til 4a she thought maybe caffeine in my semen kept her up.
9.30.13 – Fall’s opening punch made our sunflower patch broken and dejected.
10.01.13 – Bike mechanic’s turquoise fingernails almost shine from under the grease.
10.02.13 – In the self-help section of Last Word Books, there are only typewriters.
10.08.13 – Judith Skillman’s poetry advice is to “use adverbs warily.”
10.09.13 – In the dream can’t find her clitoris – intercourse is not much better.
10.10.13 – Nice of the overnight prowler to organize my glove box for me.
10.16.13 – Writing about social media, almost typed social mierda.
10.19.13 – How many ugly baseball playoff beards does it take ti win the pennant?
10.22.13 – Matthew Ebnet says his newspaper beat was “weird shit and misery.”

10.25.13 – In last year’s dream the Buddhists called him: “An attractor of diseases.”

10.23.13 - Nothing takes weight of October fog more serious than spider webs.

10.23.13 – Nothing takes weight of October fog more serious than spider webs.

10.26.13 – He says “Not happy in an interpreted world” through his translator.

10.27.13 – On Lake Washington Boulevard fallen leaves make a median.

10.29.13 – “When life hands you lemons, turn your dead cat into a helicopter.”

N.2.13 – So sexy when a woman next to you in a café speaks French.

N.2.13 – Not so sexy when the woman next to you’s speaking French on her cellphone.

Some American Sentences Written at The Lake

N.3.13 – Clover grows in needles dropped by Redwood trees on the path to bench three.

N.4.13 – Waves of oar-made ripples reflect sun off the small island’s lichen-caked tree.

N.5.13 – Single file coots cut a trail through November morning duckweed.

N.5.13 – Stellar Jay outside studio window wants to know when Latihan starts.

N.5.13 – In time it takes to fix the fire puer’s steeped the duckweed still there.

N.5.13 – That’s not Jesus coot standing on water (part of the tiny island’s submerged.)

N.5.13 – The occasion of spider web rides an updraft floating above the Lake.

N.6.13 – I went to the Lake’s so-called Vista View just for a quick look-see.

N.7.13 – Stellar Jay watching me eat lunch – it’s only leftover breakfast tofu.

N.7.13 – Not a dead hummingbird dropt from the sky – just a leaf after the rain.

N.7.13 – Shopping list: lamb patties, cheese Danish, tweezers, whores & a llama.

N.7.13 – Me, Morris, each went after eternally yowling cats w/ a broom.

N.8.13 – Enjoy them now because the redwing blackbirds won’t be singing all day.

N.8.13 – C’mon slug! You don’t need a life vest and this one too big anyway.

N.8.13 – Slugs on the trail are about the same color as the Lake’s duckweed.

N.9.13 – Still spitting out seeds from first attempt at eating a dogwood berry.

N.9.13 – Almost every place I go at the Lake, coyote got there first & shit.

N.9.13 – Slug stuck flat four feet high on the window tryin’ to get a good look.

N.10.13 – Just as I finish the last of 99 haibun, Eagle cries twice.

N.10.13 – Ground rules for afternoon coot races: No wing must ever touch the water.

N.12.13 – “The day after Morris died a symphony of birds sang on the Lake.”

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N.13.13 – Best way to be plunged back into civilization – AC/DC.

N.13.13 – Downtown L.A. parking lot, a cockroach crawls over a razor blade.

N.14.13 – The cloud crashed into the Siskiyou mountain & everybody lived.

N.15.13 – Each restaurant I choose in Albany frequented by obese people.

N.16.13 – Because of the way his mind works the horizon’s made of chorizo.

N.20.13 – Bird shit Bird shit Bird shit Bird shit no, lichen lichen lichen lichen.

N.20.13 – “…bad photography makes this look like a tower of pus-covered meat.”

N.21.13 – “It’s kind of hard to psychoanalyze someone from a bread wrapper.”

N.23.13 – Wanda Coleman indeed’s been “seized and surrendered her terrible squawk.”

N.24.13 – Some dog owner leaves a full shit bag front of the pet store – recycling?

 

About Splabman

SPLAB and Cascadia Poetry Festival founder Paul E Nelson wrote American Sentences (Apprentice House, 2015), Organic Poetry (VDM Verlag, Germany, 2008), a serial poem re-enacting the history of Auburn, Washington, A Time Before Slaughter (Apprentice House, 2010) and Organic in Cascadia: A Sequence of Energies (Lumme, Brazil, 2013). Founder of the Cascadia Poetry Festival, in 26 years of radio he interviewed Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure, Anne Waldman, Sam Hamill, Robin Blaser, Nate Mackey, Eileen Myles, Wanda Coleman, Brenda Hillman, George Bowering, Joanne Kyger, Jerome Rothenberg & others, including many Cascadia poets. He lives in Seattle and writes at least one American Sentence every day. http://www.PaulENelson.com. Co-Editor of Make It True: Poetry From Cascadia, he is in year five of a twenty year Cascadia Bioregional Cultural Investigation. www.CascadiaPoetryFestival.org (Oct 12-15, 2017, Tacoma, WA)
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