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YENGA [1-2-3--1-2-3--1-2-3--1-2-3--1-2-3--1-2-3--1-2-3]

A Yenga is a nine-link poem capturing the innocence of childhood. Its form is 3-3-3, 2-2-2, 3-3-3
and can be done solo or with partner(s). It was midwifed by Alexis K. Rotella on the 20 March 1997.

 

Copyright Alexis K. Rotella 1997

EXAMPLE :

BLACKBERRIES with Alexis K. Rotella and ai li

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BLACKBERRIES

A Yenga between Alexis K. Rotella and ai li
Los Gatos, California and London
20 - 22 March 1997

 

 

Blackberries
in a turtle shell -
tree-house lunch.

 

cowboys and indians
i get to be
the squaw

 

recess tag
the lame girl
is "it"

 

pigtails
smelling of guacamole

 

on the dreamboat's desk
a toliet paper flower        pink

 

he autographs the picture
with a heart

 

valentine's day
I douse his card
with Blue Waltz perfume

 

he smiles
at the wrong sister
the pretty one

 

the gum wrapper
he dropped
under my pillow

 

 

 

 

Copyright Alexis K. Rotella and ai li 1997

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