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Monostiches*
 

 

 

 

Chen-ou Liu, CA

 

a needle of writing sews up my sensory nerves

moonlight ripples through snowflakes

between sleeps the dagger of night stabs into fleshy secrets

moonbeams grace the pond a splash heard

tears from my mind deface the autumn moon

living between a rose fingered dawn and an ink dark moon

moonbeams hit the waves a sea of broken bones

midnight shedding light on the scars of my past

sleeping with banana moon I am pregnant with unborn verse

peeling off layered loneliness I weave a white quilt

my dead skin falls into a poem for the ground to read.

to Latin music a poem dances the cha cha inside me

 

*A monostich is a poem which consists of a single line. Examples of monostich style of writing are found throughout history.  In ancient times Marcus Valerius Martialis (known in English as Martial-- 38  AD - 102  AD), was a Latin poet from Hispania -best known for his twelve books of Epigrams, published in Rome between AD 86 and 103.

Modern monostich was started in Russia in 1894 when Valery Bryusov published the single line of pretty absurdic essence:О закрой свои бледные ноги. (Oh, cover your pale legs.)

In Western poetry monostich was reinvented by Guillaume Apollinaire in his "Chantre" (1914).

Monostich from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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