Hillman City Haibun 5 (White Cat Privilege)

It’s the odd experience successfully translated into language that often makes a good American Sentence. A long walk can yield a sentence or two, but having the daily practice helps with perception in general. After all, the creator of this 17 syllable poem form (Allen Ginsberg) DID say: “Poets are people who notice what they notice.” You sit down, you want to allow someone the experience of showing you photos on an I-pad. What does a cat think?

1) The I-pad’s edge would ease my endless itching.
2) I have a right to scratch myself on it anytime I want.

Well, get in the middle of that and you’re attacking something almost as pernicious as white privilege and that’s FELINE PRIVILEGE. And this was a WHITE CAT! And attacks are often repelled, or at least there is the attempt to repel them. And American Sentences about cats, as I have reported recently, are a whole genre of poems unto themselves. Still, the sub-fur line twitch of this moment was a sentence-worthy experience from this past week.

1.31.15 – 3-legged cat’s attempted jabs fall short the length of one phantom limb.

Ananda 3 legged cat copy

In THIS corner, Ananda

(All haibun in this series here: https://paulenelson.com/hillman-city-haibun/)

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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