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SONENGA

A Sonenga consists of five Tanka . The first Tanka includes a song title. The Sonenga was created by Alexis K. Rotella on the 19 March 1997.

 

Copyright Alexis K. Rotella 1997

 

EXAMPLE :

THEY LEFT THEIR HEARTS... with Alexis K. Rotella and ai li
SOMEDAY with ai li and Alexis K. Rotella

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THEY LEFT THEIR HEARTS...

A Sonenga between Alexis K. Rotella and ai li
Los Gatos, California and London
19 - 21 March 1997

 

 

They left their hearts
in San Francisco
high on that hill
in the purple house
with a rainbow flag

 

in a depot
where shadows
meet
a streetcar
named desire

 

 

Years later
recounting a dream
that may have
been his
not mine.

 

 

the rice paper
they bought
together
now feeding
the roaches

 

 

"Nobody loves you
when you're old
and gay,"
he laments,
pinging the piano.

 

 

 

 

 

Copyright Alexis K. Rotella and ai li 1997

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SOMEDAY

A Sonenga between ai li and Alexis K. Rotella
London and Los Gatos, California
21 - 24 March 1997

 

 

'Someday
we'll be together'
she whispers
to the
abandoned baby

 

 

Hello Hale-Bopp,
last time
I laid eyes on you
you were watching
us build a pyramid.

 

 

master builders
finding
a passage
to the
stars

 

 

The smell
of a garbage truck -
at the window
Venus
rising.

 

 

plans
for the day
scuppered
by the men
in black

 

 

 

 

 

Copyright ai li and Alexis K. Rotella 1997

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