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Sestets by Charles Wright
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Aug 05, 2010

it was amazing
Read in August, 2010

These 6-line poems are exquisite in phrasing and imagery, almost too beautiful to talk about. Each of these 69 sestets (notice the repetition and upside-down repetition of "6") is a marvel of poise: sound and silence; text and white space; the pain of longing and the peace of acceptance; the here and the not-here. And they are poised also between the sestet and the missing companion of the sonnet's sestet, the octave. That is, many of the 6 poetic lines are stepped-down into 8 or 9 typographical lines. A superb book by a superb poet.
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