Saturday, October 08, 2005

one-line poetry (1)

And now a new literary genre, eminently suitable for blogging:

the one-line poem.

News of such a genre or concept arrived in email some months ago, via the Real Poetik mailing list. (The email experience was no doubt rued by many; a techno-glitch resulted in deluges of entries being sent out to the list subscribers, and apparently to a lot of other people as well. Became a sort of unintentional one-line-poetry spam machine for a few days there.) Then, I heard nothing more about it -- till receiving this email just now:

Winner of the one-line poetry contest is Aram Saroyan. Saroyan's work is associated with Clark Coolidge, Larry Fagin, and other minimalists writing in the 1960s and 1970s. Saroyan's play "At the Beach House" opens this evening (October 7, 2005) at Lost Studio in Los Angeles. More information on his work can be found at

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. . . here's Aram's never-before published poem:

three people talking
I'd likewise submitted an entry to Real Poetik, but I suspect my one-liner was too long a line.

One of course recalls how his same Aram Saroyan (son of the noted earlier-20th-cent. short-story writer William Saroyan)
received considerable noteriety for his one-word poem.
It goes like this:


Saroyan recollects the background & story of that poem here

Here's my fresh contribution to the form:

Night endured a while

Et tu?

May a thousand one-lines blossom
May a thousand lighghts shine


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