A Babanga is a nine-link poem about grandmothers or crone figures. The form is 3-3-3, 1-1-1, 3-3-3. There is a break between each sequence. The first sequence is done by the first partner, the second sequence is shared, and the last sequence is done by the second partner. The Babanga was created by Alexis K. Rotella in honor of her maternal grandmother, Irene Semenik, on the 20 March 1997.
Copyright © Alexis K. Rotella 1997
PLAYSUIT with Alexis K. Rotella and ai li
A Babanga between Alexis K. Rotella and ai li
She makes one
Nine apple pies
"God I believe in," she says, "but not priests"
nodding off to rap          old west indian woman
she pulls up a carrot the shape of a man
a granny toils
in her sunday best
Copyright © Alexis K. Rotella and ai li 1997