Shloka Shankar

Logorrhea

I just want
to talk quickly,
pressing
bullets into
if, maybe, stupid.

An erasure from p. 32 of The Graduation by Christopher Pike.


Shloka Shankar , a poet and visual artist from Bangalore, India, enjoys discovering her voice in found texts and manipulating the source when she isn’t editing Sonic Boom and its imprint, Yavanika Press.

Shloka Shankar

If you listen

Tonight,
a poem will
inadvertently
plop down
on a back page.

An erasure from p. 16 of The Graduation by Christopher Pike.


Shloka Shankar , a poet and visual artist from Bangalore, India, enjoys discovering her voice in found texts and manipulating the source when she isn’t editing Sonic Boom and its imprint, Yavanika Press.

John L. Stanizzi

POND

8.2.19
7.44 a.m.
59 degrees

Puzzling how one morning the air is packed with the industry of birds who
obsess over the feeders, and other morning’s comprise the limited
nomenclature of a single cardinal, and way off into the hills, Munson,
detailed as a simple tree line, allows the occasional car light to pass through the trees like a star.


John L. Stanizzi is author of the collections  Ecstasy Among Ghosts, Sleepwalking, Dance Against the Wall, After the Bell, Hallelujah Time!, High Tide – Ebb Tide, Four Bits, Chants, and Sundowning, and besides One Sentence Poems, he has been widely published.

John L. Stanizzi

POND

7.29.19
8.16 a.m.
76 degrees

Pity is the shade of this morning’s heat,
offended by my fleshy obstinance, and the non-
negotiable parching of the pond bed,
distinction of desolation and withering water.


John L. Stanizzi is author of the collections , Ecstasy Among Ghosts, Sleepwalking, Dance Against the Wall, After the Bell, Hallelujah Time!, High Tide – Ebb Tide, Four Bits, Chants, and Sundowning, and besides One Sentence Poems, he has been widely published.

John L. Stanizzi

POND

7.28.19
3.38 p.m.
84 degrees

Painting the banks brown, the pond has been strangled,
obloquy of nature, stripping away water like memories lost,
neighbors concerned as the arid afternoon rises, and young frogs
drowse on the dirt banks that two days ago were underwater.


John L. Stanizzi is author of the collections  Ecstasy Among Ghosts, Sleepwalking, Dance Against the Wall, After the Bell, Hallelujah Time!, High Tide – Ebb Tide, Four Bits, Chants, and Sundowning, and besides One Sentence Poems, he has been widely published.

We’re fans of John L. Stanizzi’s ambitious POND project. John writes, “The poems are acrostics. Everyday, at different times during the day, I visit our pond with notebook and camera in hand. I jot down some notes, take a picture or two, if a good photo op. presents itself. Then I head home and write a four line acrostic using the letters P, O, N, and D. The other caveat, which makes the project so interesting to me, is that I cannot use any of my first words more than once. I need a different P, O, N, or D word every day; I began the book on November 9, 2018 and completed it on November 8, 2019, without ever missing a single day.” 

For more of these on One Sentence Poems, type John’s name in the search box.

John L. Stanizzi

POND

7.12.19
8.05 a.m.
72 degrees

Preening and twittering and singing themselves dry, the morning’s
oratory is song – red-winged, goldfinch, yellow warbler, red-belly –
noisy and excited, flying up and down and sideways, a
doodle of lines in feathers all across the humid gray morning.


John L. Stanizzi is author of the collections , Ecstasy Among Ghosts, Sleepwalking, Dance Against the Wall, After the Bell, Hallelujah Time!, High Tide – Ebb Tide, Four Bits, Chants, and Sundowning, and besides One Sentence Poems, he has been widely published.

Deonte Osayande

While checking papers I thought of

immigrants await deportation
from their loved ones, while

we argue over who has better
chicken sandwiches, or which

rainforest burns the brightest
from space and the rich use

this fire to keep themselves
warm and away from what

others are strong enough to face.


Deonte Osayande is a writer from Detroit, who doesn’t remember how long you’re supposed to wait between submissions. https://www.amazon.com/Deonte-Osayande/s?k=Deonte+Osayande