Zenglish -----------------------------(1991) Lawrence A. McFadden

Between 1976 and 1988, I must have written over 600 four-line poems in an attempt to bridge the gap from the three-line writing style of Haiku to the five-line writing styles of Limerick. Zenglish is a good word to describe this transformation.

In all actuality, only a few poems achieved my goal yet during an exhaustive editing and cataloguing process, I noticed that when the poems are grouped according to the total number of words in each poem, a separate voice could be found for poems sixteen words long, another voice existed in eighteen word poems, and the same was true for ten, thirteen, and twenty to twenty-six word poems. In effect, the number of words in a poem is a determining factor in the voice of the poem.

To make each grouping of poems more readable, i began weaving the different themes that existed within each group of poems into a storyline.

What had started as an attempt to create a four-line poem writing style has culminated into a series of booklets, each according to total word length and each a blend of voice, theme, and story.

L. McFadden 2/4/91