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A few years ago, I wrote a poem that I titled Paradelle for Susan. It was the only paradelle ever to have been written because I invented the form in order to write the poem. What I set out to do was write an intentionally bad formal poem. Auden said there was nothing funnier than bad poetry, and I thought a horribly mangled attempt at a formal poem might have humorous ...more
Paperback, 80 pages
Published January 6th 2006 by Red Hen Press (first published January 1st 2006)
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Jan 09, 2013 Ken rated it really liked it
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I love that what Billy Collins did by inventing the paradelle (parody + villanelle)form, as a way to poke fun at formal poetry, was to create an actual new form. It is ridiculously complex and artificial, and yet has produced some excellent poems.

Collins easily admits that the poems in the anthology are better than his original paradelle which was deliberately written to be bad. Not everyone got the joke when it was first published.

Almost all the poets in this book took the form and content of t
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Jan 28, 2008 Amanda French rated it liked it
I can't believe people actually wrote so many of these things. People are dumb. Me, too, but still.
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Sep 30, 2014 Emily rated it it was amazing
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Paradelles are awesome!
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