sestina that uses “ Mina Loy” as one of its end-words will certainly intrigue me. So when Stephen Burt discusses its first stanza in the essay I mentioned in my last entry, I just have to go on Google to find the rest of Joanna Fuhrman’s “ Stable-Self Blues.” That led me to , which also contains the following The Germ germs gems:
by Joanna Fuhrman “Means of Entry”
by Brandon Downing “Stairway to Heaven (1946)”
by James Tate “The Spy Game”
by Ange Mlinko “The Intrigues”
by Chris Stroffolino “Mock On, Mock On, Jakobson, Lacan”
This is just a sample of works. There are many more online, and each of the above poets has more than one piece.
( “Gimme gimme this, gimme gimme thaaaaaaaat…”)
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I first heard about this
poetic form after I read Neil Gaiman’s “ Vampire Sestina” ages ago (and I’m pleasantly surprised to know that his is not the only example from SF/F/H). I’ve never actually tried it myself, but I’m not alone in being attracted to it in some way. It can quite delightful:
“Farm Implements and Rutabaga in a Landscape” made me laugh out loud with its title and kept doing so after I found out it was about a certain spinach-eatin’ sailor. Sandra Beasley’s
“Let Me Count the Waves” also cracked me up big-time, from the first verse on. Lloyd Schwartz’s
“Six Words” is the sestina at its most minimalist. Jonah Winter’s
“Sestina: Bob” is also a highly limited example of the form that works.
The entire set at Timothy McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, which pretty much demonstrates the quiddity of the McSweeney’s “spirit.” Like this: Like Loading...
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