Hapa Anatomy

25-word entry (written first): She drew a line across her wrist. Cleaved her face in two. Delineated the left breast. Continued. Chinese here, she thought. Hawaiian here. Half everywhere. 100-word entry: What are you? they asked. She was night-blooming cereus against dark lava rock. ‘I’iwi feathers and the song of myna birds. She was water…

The Modern Poet

(100 first) Sharing the world her laboring tongue the modern poet knows what she is capable of when others insult her usage of words reproach her senseless paragraphs impossible to articulate scrutinize her utter opacity of meaningful convention. Words that busily multiply fewer and fewer cues for clarity deliberately dislocating language to fit music shaping…

First Prompts for the April 2021 Year of the Ox Writing Contest. Both 25 and 100 words : )

Okay, Happy Year of the Ox, I hope your burdens are few, your pencils are sharpened, your pens are ink-filled, and your keyboards and mouses are lint free for the lunar new year. Jim Harstad has suggested this month’s writing contest rules.  Here they are:  Write a piece that is either exactly 25 or exactly…

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