TCS: BREVITY is the Soul of Wit

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Therefore, since brevity is the soul of wit
And tediousness the limbs and outward flourishes,
I will be brief . . . 

— Polonius,
HAMLET Act II, Scene 2 – William Shakespeare


In May 2016, I posted a piece about One Sentence Poems, a website that
is a showcase for — you guessed it — one sentence poems.

In June 2018, I posted more of these little gems.

And today, I’m posting some more.



One Sentence Poems



The Art of Politics

by Nancy Key Peterson

I don’t know any
Republican poets.


Nancy Kay Peterson usually finds humor in one sentence but occasionally takes a serious turn.



by Wendy Cobourne

I want to dissolve
like a stray ice cube
thawing on the counter,


Wendy Cobourne is a journalist and college writing tutor whose poetry and short stories have appeared in several print and online literary journals, including One Sentence Poems.



by Kirby Olson

Oceans scatter over the desert.


Kirby Olson‘s poems have appeared in Partisan Review, First Things, Village Voice, and some other venues. He teaches philosophy at SUNY Delhi in the western Catskills.


Rural Hillside

by Robert Nisbet

There arrives, over an iron bridge,
the rush of a train, its lights
shuddering slightly, but surging with
the vehemence of brilliant things.


Robert Nisbet is a Welsh poet whose work appears in roughly equal measures in Britain and the USA.


Mind Disaster

by F. J. Bergmann

I think of all those people
lost inside of their America.


J. Bergmann would prefer that the days remain long year-round without the hassle of moving to the Equator.



by Paige Foster

Perhaps it is a sort of nostalgia,
this wistful feeling
that blossoms like wet ink on the page
every time I come across your handwriting
in an old book.


Fascinated by the multitude of ways humans communicate, Paige Foster spends a lot of time trying to coax various languages and mediums into playing nice with her.


The Osprey

by Howie Good

out of the sun,

it passes
with steady,
over the marsh,

in its claws
a fish

that must be
to be flying.


Howie Good is on the pavement, thinking about the government.


Wild Turkeys

by J. R. Solonche

Like dirty oil
from an old

truck, the wild
turkeys leak

out of the woods
and across the road,

black drop, by black
drop, by black drop.


R. Solonche has been publishing in magazines, journals, and anthologies since the early 70s and is author of six poetry collections.


About wordcloud9

Nona Blyth Cloud has lived and worked in the Los Angeles area for the past 45 years, spending much of that time commuting on the 405 Freeway. After Hollywood failed to appreciate her genius for acting and directing, she began a second career managing non-profits, from which she has retired. Nona has now resumed writing whatever comes into her head, instead of reports and pleas for funding. She lives in a small house overrun by books with her wonderful husband and a bewildered Border Collie.
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