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An experiment in form: Channeling a beat poet

I brought a new poem to my writing group last week. They loved it. Said it was the best poem I’d written.  I was almost embarrassed at the accolades (notice I said “almost”).

The poem was different than the kind of poem I usually write. For one, it was longer—39 lines.  And, the lines themselves were longer than what I normally write.  Plus, it was a sestina (a poetic form of 39 lines with 6 stanzas of six lines each and a tercet of three lines at the end.  In a sestina, the end words of the first stanza are repeated in a certain order through the rest of the poem). Intriguing?  Yes. Easy to do well? Not so much.

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