TSPJ Stands In Solidarity with New Zealand: We are One

The Skinny Poetry Journal stands unhesitatingly against hatred and stands boldly in solidarity with the people of New Zealand in the wake of the Christchurch Massacre. Our prayers go out to all of those impacted by this cowardly act of white supremacist terrorism.  We also pray for the United States–our own nation–whose current president’s hateful, racist rhetoric, has invigorated the rise of right-wing hate crimes all over the globe.

 

 

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“Trump State” by Chad Parenteau

Trump State

Oh, my First
lady
and
Madam
Speaker
lady
and
America
that
lady
first, oh, my.

No more
them
us
make
us
them
then
only
us
them
no more.

All that we need
boom!
Economy
employment
Obamacare
boom!
Just,
one
more
boom
all that we need.

Migrant, migrant, migrant
caravans
trucks
buses
children
caravans
tremendous
onslaught
lawless
caravans–
Migrant! Migrant! Migrant!

Behind walls
wombs
make
holy
Americans
wombs
born
unborn
holy
wombs
behind walls.

Endless wars
bad
Russia
China
possibly
bad
preparing
military
for
bad
war, endless.

Keep America
first
only
under
God
first
above
all
I
first
keep America.

Chad Parenteau
3/7/2019

 

Poetry Form Matters: Truth Thomas and The Skinny

An American poetry form by Truth Thomas

A Skinny is a short poem (a fixed form) that consists of eleven lines. The first and eleventh lines can be any length (although shorter lines are favored). The eleventh and last line must be repeated using the same words from the first and opening line (however they can be rearranged). The second, sixth, and tenth lines must be identical. (Note: Words in the last line of Skinnys do not have to match exactly words in the first line. They can have variations of root words, like Sestinas.) The Skinny was created by Truth Thomas in the literary crucible of the Tony Medina Poetry Workshop at Howard University. The Skinny Poetry Journal (TSPJ) is based in Washington, D.C., and edited by Truth Thomas.

The point of the Skinny, or Skinnys, is to convey a vivid image with as few words as possible. Skinny poems can be about any subject. They can also be linked, like Haiku, Senryu or Tanka. To submit your Skinnys for TSPJ publishing consideration, email: theskinnypoetryjournal@gmail.com with your poem, or poems, copied into the body of your email. Here is an example of a Skinny:

Old Testament Kwon Do
Boards don’t hit back—you must
if
beaten
like
omelets
if
whipped
like
cream
if
Boards don’t hit back, you must—

Truth Thomas
from Speak Water

truth-thomas-photo-by-melanie-henderson

(photo by Melanie Henderson)