Wednesday, February 24, 2016


beginning to widen the stain on the wall

over the moon and back a leafless branch's shadow

reading into everything you say cold war

emerging from my mind black hole

doodling a memory the size of my fist

Shloka Shankar

Sunday, February 21, 2016

deconstructing waves

still we mimic
each other's gait the dance
from behind unrhymed

pretending we know
a maraschino cherry

a throb on asphalt
rises to a groan of ankles
twisting phraseology

how to spell chiaroscuro
one step backward

word puzzle
of splattered state lines
a shadowy portrait

naming the waves
a surfer debones sunset

in a clam shell
tucked under clouds the lies
about Venus

the trunk axed in half
who bared Orion’s grated heart?

I wonder
about Jupiter's wide girth
through blue-hazed eyes

should we buy the guide
to walking with hermit crabs?

roped drop pearls 
on my aunt’s neck a talisman
against twilight

the moon sipping waves
my landlady’s tortoise bed

Alegria Imperial

Monday, February 15, 2016

crosses to bare

old dreamer new dreams...
he is moving forward
cross the great divide

nightmare comes true
bottles 'cross river styx

pond sliders cross
over earth to pond...
a comet approaches

'cross my path a blackish cat
brings me luck of a black cat

sun 'cross the horizon...
day wakes in a boast
crowing first light

for an instant
these mysteries of light move 'cross

Pat Geyer

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Pat Geyer

Saturday flowing burple this day Saturn's day rings dark purple

Sunday first day...
dazing amazing
sack of orange

inspired by this moody moon face
Monday is violet

moon rises first
then Mars follows...
Tuesday is red

on the brighter side...
tilting her head to the sun
Wednesday is yellow

far to go this rolling thunder
Thursday is sky blue

certain beauty
no other time of year...
Friday is green

purple orange violet red yellow blue green change dark to light

Pat Geyer

Friday, February 5, 2016

One Link Chain

One Link Chain

One Link Chain is a zine for haiku(-ish) sequences/linked verse written by one person i.e. solo sequences/linked verse.

One Link Chain is for solo rengay, solo yotsumono, solo tan renga and such short 'formal forms' (and you can play around with those, but if you use one of the “formal forms” please respect their inner dynamics) but also for sequences of 3-line haiku, 1-line haiku, X-line haiku (as haiku can be in any mumber of lines to the extend that one word – or one syllable - can make up a line). It's for sequences of yotsumono (more yotsumono in a sequence/series), of cherita, of any of the shorter forms that can make up a sequence. Or any kind of structure you might think of.

One Link Chain will not accept tanka sequences, but you can add 5-line verse (gogyohka/gogyoshi) to your sequences. On the “samples” page there are examples (go figure) of how a sequence/series mixes a more traditional “3 lines - 2 lines” verse sequence with a gogyohka/gogyoshi (meaning: 5-line verse; 5-line verse aren't necessarily tanka).

You can submit published and unpublished works. The purpose with this zine is to provide a space for the possibilities in series, sequences and solo linked verse.

For inspiration of “linked forms” see Ai Li's web-site and click “linked forms”.

For rengay see: (Michael Dylan Welch)

Experiment to your heart's delight!

And as always: Be a pirate, not a parrot!

Send submissions to giovanni(at)megaga(dot)dk.

Works will be published as they get accepted.


Johannes S. H. Bjerg