Monthly Archives: January 2014


Synthesis (sin’-the-sis): An apt arrangement of a composition, especially regarding the sounds of adjoining syllables and words.

I will will to be—so free to be the sign on the wall, a waterfall, a song singing softly at the edge of what you said right before we went to bed and slipped along the sloping night, the holy night, the gauzy night, hot and not, and never right—together, two feathers flicking off the stars, touching each other’s scars in the dim honesty of darkness and the healing glow of sleep.

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Syntheton (sin’-the-ton): When by convention two words are joined by a conjunction for emphasis.

Fire and ice.

Together, we turn to smoking slush.

And then become an ashen paste.

Melted and extinguished by each other’s embrace.

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Synzeugma (sin-zoog’-ma): That kind of zeugma in which a verb joins (and governs) two phrases by coming between them. A synonym for mesozeugma.

Her favorite Barbie was crushed by one stomp of his big boot, and her love, her hope, her Ken!

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Systrophe (si’-stro-fee): The listing of many qualities or descriptions of someone or something, without providing an explicit definition.

Straight up into the air!  Buzzing softly overhead–my eye in the sky, my chopper on the roam, my battery-powered aerial eavesdropper.

Checking out the neighbors’ hot tub. Live-streaming video! Shotgun. Uh oh.

BA-BOOM! Shards of plastic. Styrofoam snow.  Bye, bye, birdie-sky-eye!

Time for me to go. Uh oh. Too late. Sirens, red lights, squealing tires, under arrest. $200.00 fine. Community service, 5 months.

Now my neighbors hate me and call me Sky Peeper, wave their fists, and curse at me every Thursday when I take out the trash.

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Tapinosis  (ta-pi-no’-sis): Giving a name to something which diminishes it in importance.

Have you seen the 2014 Crudillac?

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