A Babanga is a 9 link poem about grandmothers or crone figures. The form is 3-3-3, 1-1-1, 3-3-3 with a break between each sequence. The first sequence is done by the first partner, the second sequence is shared, and the last sequence is done by the second partner. The Babanga was created by Alexis K. Rotella in honor of her maternal grandmother, Irene Semenik, on March 20, 1997.

this voice that seeps

by hortensia anderson (East Coast) and an'ya (West Coast)

sweet herbs

baubbling in a cauldron

a healing broth

hunched over 

wrapped in soft grey wool

that she wove herself

cool fingers

stroke my fevered brow

and tanled hair

she knows the names of all the birds

'tis a murder of crows she softly croons

this voice that seeps through snow and sleep

bedtime story

she gestures toward

a total eclipse

fortune teller

the dark corner of sky

in a crystal ball

collecting the may

in her white wicker basket

a gentlewoman