Poet Showcase: Vinnie Kinsella

Name: Vinnie Kinsella
Portland, OR

Blogs: I have my own site, Vinnie Kinsella Publishing Services, but it’s really my business site. I’m more inclined to direct people to Four and Twenty, but that’s not a showcase for my writing. I’m in the process of creating a site for my creative writing, but it’s still in the works.

How do you know Cara? We met through Four and Twenty, but we bump into each other elsewhere on the internet.

How long have you been writing poetry? I’ve been writing poetry since I was a child. I’ve been writing poetry I like sharing with others since I was in college.

What kind of poetry do you write?  I write mostly short form poetry, such as haiku and poems in the Four and Twenty format.

Please share a poem:

1. An untitled haiku I wrote during NaHaiWriMo 2012.

soapy swimsuit
three days in the coin-op —
negligent lifeguard

2. “Blind Girl” (from “Poems in Transit,” a collection of poems I’m writing about taking the bus).

Her dogged companion
ignores her unsightly
haircut. The rest of us
are human.

3. An untitled haiku I wrote that won the “Awesome Sauce” award at High Coup Journal.

Two lines, one corner:
basic trigonometry.
You and I converge.

Morning Commute

My very first poem was published by Vinnie Kinsella, in the Four and Twenty online poetry journal, back in November/December 2008. Between November 2008 and April 2010, I had seventeen poems appear in the journal or on the website. The earliest Four and Twenty issues are no longer online, but one of my favorite issues was Volume 3 Issue 4, April, 2010, in which three of my poems appeared: “Inheritance”, “What I Think About”, and “Vagaries of the Season”, the latter two illustrated by my daughter.

For no particularly good reason, I haven’t submitted to Four and Twenty again until recently, although I read every new issue cover to cover, so I was very honored to learn that one of  my poems, “Morning Commute”, was selected as the November 8th Four and Twenty of the Week.

If you’re curious, a four and twenty is simply a short form poem containing up to four lines, and no more than twenty words. That’s it. As such, all haiku are also four and twenties, but four and twenties are much more inclusive. That means all the literary devices forbidden for haiku are allowed in four and twenties, including metaphor, simile, personification, alliteration, consonance… well, you get the idea. Anyway, check out the journal and try your hand at four and twenties; they’re as addicting as haiku!


A Poetry Retrospective- December 2008

So I’ve had this pet project I’ve been meaning to do for awhile. Things seem to have a way of disappearing in cyberspace, and even though I have pages dedicated to listing my online publications, I discovered recently that many of the old links are now defunct. So my idea was to resurrect some of my favorite publications and posts from the past (how’s that for alliteration?) and re-post them here. That sounds easy in theory, but the trick is finding which of my many files and/ or notebooks to look in to find my old works. However, that’s my problem!

My very first published poem (which is no longer online) was “Sleeping With a Open Window”, and it appeared in the online journal Four and Twenty, Volume 1 Issue 2, November/December 2008. I reproduce it in its entirety here:

Sleeping  With an Open Window

Frogs, he says
Crickets, I insist
We stop again to listen.

I wasn’t quite to haiku yet, but was approaching it, with the four & twenty short form developed by Vinnie Kinsella.