Wednesday, February 07, 2007

You Have Past Issues [haiku]

First joke telling trial
  Sorcery so tenterhooks
Nabbed singing loose fan.

Can you explain this?
  I have a brief confession.
Thriller blackmailer!

Saintly defendant
  Big boobed blonde hottie Barbie
Prison freelance job.

Unsightly tabloid
  Quotes no rent by madman
He made calls carefree.

Ransomed child support
  Uncompromising evening
By pompous lover.

Now doesn’t death resemble another publicist, tired with hangover? Oh – for that LOVE LIFe again.
       - Amalthea Yingling

Born in the Rheinkreis of Bavaria, Amalthea Yingling (1818-1894) only wrote a handful of poems during her life-time, but the quality of her work continues to resonate and influence poets today. Allegedly from a lineage that descended from the Mongol princess Koekecin and Ilkhan Arghun Khan, Ms. Yingling shunned her family’s pedigree for many years as it was a source of constant pressure during her childhood. When she was of age, she stole away to the Lazio region of Italy where she ended up having a life-long affair with Giuseppe Mazzini. Ms. Yingling had never considered writing poetry until Mazzini, seeking additional material in support of the newly formed Roman Republic, approached her for an article for his journal, La Giovine Italia. Her poem, "Cantonese Existence", playfully integrated parts of Il Milione with the Syllabus of Errors, by Giovanni Maria Mastai-Ferretti, as a commentary against imperialism. This unique approach to the poetic form was found to have been a major influence on Charles Reznikoff and the Objectivist Movement.


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