Early 2014 American Sentences

The first harvest of the new year, my fourteenth with a daily practice of writing one 17 syllable poem. More on American Sentences elsewhere on this site, but for now, a few from 2014:

1.3.14 – A sort of Sudhana seeks the genius loci of Cascadia.
1.5.14 – Motherfucker Motherfucker Motherfucker Motherfucker Moth…
1.6.14 – Parent at the toddler gym can’t do the hula hoop while she chews gum.
1.7.14 – Reefer Madness: Explosion in Mt. Baker blamed on hash oil solvent.
1.8.14 – Not clouds passing by the waxing moon, shadow of prayer flags by porch light.
1.9.14 – Geese make their V where clouds start today, three feet above Lake Washington.
1.13.14 – The plate on which his fork pushes crinkle cut fries through ketchup is striped.
1.16.14 – His tradition “points him to God” but he’s headed for the salad bar.
1.19.14 – “Smackdown Poet Laureate” Richard Sherman foils the last bicep kiss.
1.20.14 – In ancient China Sam says he and I’d have been “scholars out of office.”
1.22.14 – Facebook is over now so your children can accept your friend request.
1.23.14 – To an ESL class explain the phrase: “I’ve a lot of shit on my plate.”
1.24.14 – Not a sidewalk shower head – one standing January sunflower.
1.28.14 – It is hard to picture the winter fig tree having fruit in eight months.

I Don't Understand.

I Don’t Understand.

1.29.14 – Every time I get a glimpse of that Shar Pei he has a confused look.
1.30.14 – A night of no stars, waves of mist must create their own constellations.
1.13.14 – He’s got his hand so far up the bell of his French horn it hurts.
2.2.14 – How Seattle fans root in the Super Bowl: “Go Seahawks, Namaste.”
2.4.14 – Not electricity zipping through the wires, chitter of bushtits.
2.8.14 – Lectured on what’s “original” by the drummer of a cover band.

About Splabman

Paul Nelson is founder of SPLAB (Seattle Poetics LAB) in Seattle, the Cascadia Poetry Festival and the August POetry POstcard Fest (PoPo). www.POPO.cards. He has published a collection of essays, Organic Poetry & a serial poem re-enacting the history of Auburn, WA, A Time Before Slaughter (shortlisted for a 2010 Genius Award by The Stranger) and American Sentences, a book of 17 syllable poems drawn from the first fourteen of his 20 years of daily practice. The tenth anniversary edition of that book includes Pig War: & Other Songs of Cascadia. He’s interviewed Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure, Wanda Coleman, Anne Waldman, Sam Hamill, Robin Blaser, Nate Mackey, Eileen Myles, George Bowering, Diane di Prima, Brenda Hillman, George Stanley, Joanne Kyger & many Cascadia poets (see: https://paulenelson.com/americanprophets/) has presented his poetry and poetics in London, Brussels, Bothell, Cumberland, BC, Qinghai and Beijing, China, Lake Forest, Illinois, Ukiah, CA, and other places & writes an American Sentence every day. www.PaulENelson.com
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1 Response to Early 2014 American Sentences

  1. kjmiller says:

    thanks for these, especially 2.2.14 and 2.8.14. the power of laughter from seventeen syllables.

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