Apr '12 22
Today is day 22.

This afternoon our poetry group discussed the 'American sentence', a poetic form advocated by beat poet Allen Ginsberg. Japan gave us the Haiku, which comprises three lines with a total of 17 syllables. The American sentence has 17 syllables but is not broken into lines.

When I got home I was very sad to hear that Stephen Lawrence, a fine poet and lovely man, had passed away suddenly.

I met him for the first time last September and spent a delightful, funny Friday afternoon having drinks with him and Martina Newhook at the University of Adelaide. I would love to have known him better.

RIP Stephen, and sincere condolences to his family.


Thoughtful poet, gentle man, leaves the room too soon; a draught shivers through.

Posted by Jennifer Liston

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  1. Mike says:

    *I was a bit shocked to hear of Stephen's death. Didn't know him personally, but myself and Russ heard him at a poetry gig only last month in Norwood. Very sad. Clearly a lovely man. Your American Sentence says it all.

  2. Jen says:

    *Yes, I really liked him when I met him first and would love to have got to know him better. Very sad indeed.

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