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Ultra
05-07-2006, 06:12 AM
I'm a huge fan of one-line poems and collections of one-line poems masquerading as larger work. However, I find myself forced to stumble across them... does anyone know of a magazine or journal that frequently publishes good one-line poems?

A few of my favorites:

SPIRITUAL LIFE

to be warm, build an igloo


DAWN

Insomnia, old tree, when will you shed me?


--William Matthews

Bret
05-07-2006, 06:24 AM
I have a few-



sunrise sunset strobelight sphinx



silence deepens beneath the keel


NightRainGutterPulseMine



her pointing hand blots out stars

kdnxdr
05-07-2006, 06:43 AM
Does,

Merrily we roll along

count?

JRH
05-07-2006, 06:58 AM
What distinction are you making between one line poems and aphorisms. Your examples seem to be more of the latter while Bret's seem better examples of Poetic expression.

If you are simply looking for aphorisms, there are many sites on the web including http://book-smith.tripod.com/taglines.html which has many, but most are more philosophical than poetic.

You may also note, however, that Haiku/Senryu can also be done in one line (rather than being broken up into 3 lines) and sites devoted to such should, at least, have a few samples available (and presumably most Haiku/Senryu could be converted to such, as well).

Hope this helps.

JRH

Bret
05-07-2006, 07:06 AM
There are several one line haiku* in the anthology The Haiku Handbook. examples:

a dixie cup floats down the Nile

-cor van den heuvel


t w i l i g h t b l u e & p a l e g r e e n l e a v e s e v e r y w h e r e s c e n t o f w a t e r m e l o n s


anita virgil



at dusk hot water from the hose



old woodcutter rests on the rings of the oak

-marlene mountain



shadows darkening three-sevenths of her face in sunlight


elizabeth searle lamb



mallards leaving in the water rippled sky


penny harter


the silence a droplet of water trickles down a stone

—Matsuo Allard


pig and i spring rain
—Marlene Mountain


starrynightIenteryourmirror

-Alexis Rotella


more: from The Haiku Moment. (ed. by Bruce Ross. Tuttle.)




deep inside the faded wood a scarlet maple

-nick avis


oaring not moving the lilies

-micheal dudley


the old irrigation ditch gasthering in autumn dusthaze



in morning sun two white horses the autumn aspen

-e.s. lamb


even in the owl's swoop no sound



coming in on the tide the moon


-minna lerman



the bright silence of sun in a clay pot (my fave!)

g.c. little


shaping itself on the pond the spring wind

-june moreau




a hot day an inch worm drops from the high leaves


autumn dusk the crooked road home


spring the one dead tree


-marlene mountain




starless night moving outward the undertow


darkened beach rocking on its back winter moon

-claire pratt




swans stir of his breath against my hair

-alexis rotella



Surrounding the stone silence

-richard thompson



silence the wind in the mirror

-cor van den heuvel


I don't know if there is a one line poem journal, but by golly there ought to be!








*all "traditional haiku" ( Japanese haiku that is) are written in a single line

Ultra
05-07-2006, 07:19 AM
Thanks, JRH. I guess I'm thinking mostly of one-line poems by authors who frequently work in longer forms. Aphorism generally calls to mind an adage, a thing commonly held true, a pithy statement that barely skirts cliche. And sure, I enjoy Bartleby's as much as the next guy, but that doesn't seem to me to fall anywhere near the poetry tree.

I'm mostly thinking that I'd like to find (if such a thing exists) a regular, well-edited collection of short and one-line poems. Alec Finlay just recently edited an anthology of Scottish poetry called Atoms of Delight, much of which was haiku but which had some fantastic one-line poems, and there are a bazillion periodicals that focus on haiku. But one-line poems are often fascinatingly complex and evocative-- poems that are wholly shaped in so compact a space, rather than just being a really good line that belongs in a longer piece. There's got to be someone publishing them on a regular basis. Someone mentioned Blink to me but I can't find any information on it (not the Gladwell book, the poetry mag).


Does,

Merrily we roll along

count?

No. That's an example. I'm looking for magazines.

Godfather
05-07-2006, 04:30 PM
i made one up yesterday...



she only ever mutters or screams

kdnxdr
05-07-2006, 05:52 PM
I think Blink is an e-zine. I've come across it before.

JRH
05-07-2006, 08:55 PM
Hi Ultra,

You can find some one line poems (along with longer ones) at: http://www.everydayzen.org/teachings/poetry_sampler2004.asp and a discussion of one line Haiku at: http://www.poetrylives.com/SimplyHaiku/SHv2n5/haikuclinic/haikuclinic.html

However, in researching this, I found across the following example.

"If it's only one line it can't be a poem."

and I find I agree with that sentiment, simply because one line is not sufficient to establish the scope or depth of meaning associated with "true" Poetry as opposed to "mere" Verse.

Think about it.

JRH

Bret
05-07-2006, 10:18 PM
Hi
in researching this, I found across the following example.

"If it's only one line it can't be a poem."

JRH

I don't think that statement can be proven. It looks more like an opinion to me. An opinion is vaild or not depending on the readers willingness to buy in. I would certainly understand someone saying "I reject one line poems" or "I don't like them" or "They are too short for my personal tastes" But to make it sound like a commandment strikes me as a bit over reaching. It makes me want to say "Says who?"

Some stickers sprouted up in the liberal, artsy, resort town where I work that said-

THIS IS A POEM

Granted , it's more of a public art display that raises the readers awareness of the idea- "Poem." But I'd laugh if a bunch of professors got together with the NEA and tried to impose a Federal minimum line and word count for something to legally be called a poem.

If they did, I would start writing "illegal" poetry at once.

I looked up "definition poem" on google. The link to "definitions of poem on the web" listed nine defs from various sources, only one referred to "lines" plural. Another said often includes stanzas and line breaks, not "must". The rest mentioned "charged, figurative, imaginative language."

this one from freedictionary.com

1. A verbal composition designed to convey experiences, ideas, or emotions in a vivid and imaginative way, characterized by the use of language chosen for its sound and suggestive power and by the use of literary techniques such as meter, metaphor, and rhyme.
2. A composition in verse rather than in prose.
3. A literary composition written with an intensity or beauty of language more characteristic of poetry than of prose.
4. A creation, object, or experience having beauty suggestive of poetry.

That sounds reasonable to me and apparently can be any length.

But if it's only one line, it isn't poetry? I've told my kids "Rap is not music" before. They know what I mean is, "I don't like it." Of course it's music. Just not a kind I'd listen to willingly.;)

poetinahat
05-08-2006, 08:59 AM
two still hands shape the turning cup