Hillman City Haibun 5 (White Cat Privilege)

It’s the odd experience successfully translated into language that often makes a good American Sentence. A long walk can yield a sentence or two, but having the daily practice helps with perception in general. After all, the creator of this 17 syllable poem form (Allen Ginsberg) DID say: “Poets are people who notice what they notice.” You sit down, you want to allow someone the experience of showing you photos on an I-pad. What does a cat think?

1) The I-pad’s edge would ease my endless itching.
2) I have a right to scratch myself on it anytime I want.

Well, get in the middle of that and you’re attacking something almost as pernicious as white privilege and that’s FELINE PRIVILEGE. And this was a WHITE CAT! And attacks are often repelled, or at least there is the attempt to repel them. And American Sentences about cats, as I have reported recently, are a whole genre of poems unto themselves. Still, the sub-fur line twitch of this moment was a sentence-worthy experience from this past week.

1.31.15 – 3-legged cat’s attempted jabs fall short the length of one phantom limb.

In THIS corner, Ananda

(All haibun in this series here: https://www.paulenelson.com/hillman-city-haibun/)

About Splabman

SPLAB and Cascadia Poetry Festival founder Paul E Nelson wrote American Sentences (Apprentice House, 2015), Organic Poetry (VDM Verlag, Germany, 2008), a serial poem re-enacting the history of Auburn, Washington, A Time Before Slaughter (Apprentice House, 2010) and Organic in Cascadia: A Sequence of Energies (Lumme, Brazil, 2013). Founder of the Cascadia Poetry Festival, in 26 years of radio he interviewed Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure, Anne Waldman, Sam Hamill, Robin Blaser, Nate Mackey, Eileen Myles, Wanda Coleman, Brenda Hillman, George Bowering, Joanne Kyger, Jerome Rothenberg & others, including many Cascadia poets. He lives in Seattle and writes at least one American Sentence every day. https://www.paulenelson.com. Co-Editor of Make It True: Poetry From Cascadia, he is in year five of a twenty year Cascadia Bioregional Cultural Investigation. www.CascadiaPoetryFestival.org (Oct 12-15, 2017, Tacoma, WA)

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