Thursday, September 29, 2005

UNIRONIC...PENGUINS!

ALDON L. NIELSEN WRITES IN:

I was blurbing over with joy as I read this poem. Seldom have the subjects of war-torn Eastern Europe and the mating habits of Antarctic penguins been conjoined so intriguingly without the faintest whiff of irony. And the double-sestina at the heart of the book is unsurpassed in recent verse. Don't miss it!


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AW GEEEEEEEZ. Conjoining war-torn Eastern Europe with Penguins -- no problema! But a double sestina!!?? AW GEEEEEEEZ.

1 Comments:

At 7:38 AM, Blogger EILEEN said...

Because Moi is going senile, I'm just footnoting here the formula for a double-sestina -- to remind me when I finally write this project which no doubt will coincide with when I've become pure 100% brainless....and because one of moi peeps asked:

DOUBLE SESTINA

150 lines total (twelve 12-line stanzas and one 6 line envoi)

The end-word scheme is:

first stanza: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

second: 6 12 5 11 4 10 3 9 2 8 1 7

third: 10 7 4 1 11 8 5 2 12 9
6 3

fourth: 8 3 11 6 1 9 4 12 7 2 10
5

fifth: 9 5 1 10 6 2 11 7 3 12
8 4

sixth: 2 4 6 8 10 12 1 3 5 7
9 11

7th: 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3
2 1

8th: 7 1 8 2 9 3 10 4 11 5
12 6

9th: 3 6 9 12 2 5 8 11 1 4
7 10

10th: 5 10 2 7 12 4 9 1 6 11
3 8

11th: 4 8 12 3 7 11 2 6 10 1
5 9

12th: 11 9 7 5 3 1 12 10 8 6
4 2

envoi: 1 & 2 3 & 4 5 & 6 7 & 8 9 & 10 11 & 12

 

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