First Quarter 2015 American Sentences

1st Q 2015 American Sentences Wordcloud 2I started to harvest my American Sentences after filling up my latest pocket journal and by the time I finished that harvest, I was halfway done with another pocket journal. So goes the writing time these days, but I DID finish and give you a sample of these seventeen syllable poems and one bit of news: A book of these poems is to be published this summer by Apprentice House, which published my first poetry book A Time Before Slaughter. I’ll let you know the release date as soon as I find out.

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

2.4.15 – I’d hook her up with the Chalk Boy, but no spoonerisms of Bok Choi.

2.4.15 – Joe on Whole Foods: “You have to take an escalator to buy an apple.”

2.5.15 – He claimed he could not have abused them because he’d been cleaning his wig. (Paul Gadd, aka: Gary Glitter)

2.6.15 – How many worm obituaries have ended with the word “sidewalk.”

2.10.15 – Pigeons circle Lakewood Community Church, avoid ceramic owl.

2.15.15 – Spend all day birdwatching, venerate snow geese, swans, eat turkey dinner.

2.21.15 – Poor ant crawling on the toilet seat, DIE! in a bowl full of urine!

3.3.15 – She calls herself “Julia Greenway” – to us she’s “Iguana Jewelry.”

3.11.15 – This guy needs a new transmission and I’m not talking about his car.

3.14.15 – The fatter the leg the bigger canvas for a Japanese tattoo.

3.23.15 – On Facebook thread about critical discourse he puts a frowny face.

3.26.15 – Burn all art that was not created by a queer Buddha of Color!

3.26.15 – They drain Lake Tapps, find beer cans, a tire, a Sammy Hagar cassette.

3.27.15 – Could be Brenda Hillman or In Man Bard Hell, never Hi Mr. Anal Blend.

3.28.15 – I asked Allison Cobb is she would name her baby girl Cornanda.

3.29.15 – Why bat excrement as measure of someone’s relative sanity.

3.31.15 – Some put a fish in their window (Christians) – Sam has a saké bottle.

About Splabman

Paul Nelson is founder of SPLAB (Seattle Poetics LAB) in Seattle, the Cascadia Poetry Festival and the August POetry POstcard Fest (PoPo). 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: 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.
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2 Responses to First Quarter 2015 American Sentences

  1. -/:}> says:

    always excellent,

    Up A 17 Troll
    Lets Turn A Envelope
    Rot A Level Tense Pun
    Pen Lust Enter A Love
    Never Spell A Toe Nut
    Venereal Pole Stunt
    Noun Platelet Verse
    Relevant Pulse Note
    Stellar Uneven Poet
    Poet Tale Revels Nun


    Recyclable Green Emu

    Creamery Bungee Cell

  2. Splabman says:

    I have been burdened with Venereal Pole Stunt for quite a while, but at least I got some fun out of the deal.

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