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NINENGA [pronounced NEE-Nenga]

A Ninenga is a narrative linked poem with 9 links of 3-line stanzas. It may either be written solo or with up to three partners. The Ninenga was created by ai li in the early hours of dawn on the 30 July 1997.

 

Copyright ai li 1997

 

EXAMPLES :

USED CLOTHES by ai li
RUNNING by ai li

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USED CLOTHES

A solo Ninenga by ai li
London
30 July 1997

 

a woman
past her prime
buying used clothes

 

the caged bird
sings to
her tune

 

she picks up
tidbits
in her path

 

wearing black
for effect
in an empty room

 

the echo
of applause
fading newsprint

 

medical report
she makes one up
for sympathy

 

long suffering spouse
he pays
and pays

 

in the attic
unsold books,
black widow spider

 

new beginning -
playing doctor
in a doll's house

 

 

 

Copyright ai li 1997

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RUNNING

A solo Ninenga by ai li
London
30 July 1997

 

running so fast
she trips
the old diva

 

quagmire
face-pack
for wrinkles

 

making up stories
about the
anonymous caller

 

he leaves
his breath
on boys

 

won't earn
can't earn
she lies

 

her audience
all ears
for another

 

a new fable -
skates
on thin ice

 

winter comes
to a
poem outhouse

 

her
last note
already fading

 

 

 

Copyright ai li 1997

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