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Obsession: Sestinas in the Twenty-First Century
The sestina (of medieval French origin) is a complex poetic form of 39 lines (six sestets and a three-line -envoy-) in which the six end-words (teleutons) of the lines of the first sestet stanza are repeated in a specific order as teleutons in the five succeeding sestets. In the envoy, the six teleutons are again picked up, one of them being buried in, and one finishing, e ...more
Paperback, 152 pages
Published March 4th 2014 by Dartmouth Publishing Group
(first published January 1st 2014)
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The stamp of a great anthology is the joie de vivre of its editors—and Whitlow and Krysl mark this marvel of a collection with an irreverent sense of fun. From sex to art to politics, the pure zest of these sestinas make you know they’ll survive like the sonnet, each age appropriating the form for a new existence. And new existences are here, from the stately to the slapdash repetitions of our lives, each poem built on six golden words.