So much is changing—has changed—in this world. Rebecca D. Martin finds a deep leaving-truth in her first villanelle and her first experience as a teacher.
Poet-a-Day: Meet Sandra Heska King
Prompted to write a villanelle, Sandra Heska King created a container for sorrow and endings. You could try it, too.
Poet-a-Day: Meet John Poch
What two things must your villanelle have—to make it minimally successful? Find out in this Echo and Narcissus poem from poet John Poch!
Poet-a-Day: Meet Todd C. Truffin
A soccer coach inspiring a villanelle? It could happen. (Indeed, it did, in this villanelle from Todd C. Truffin.)
Poet-a-Day: Meet Richard Pierce
Can the villanelle come round again? Poet Richard Pierce responds to Dylan Thomas’s famous villanelle with a powerful one of his own.
Book Club: The Great Gatsby Chapter 3 & 4—Mystery, Contradiction and Switch-Ups
Chapters 3 and 4 of The Great Gatsby are full of mystery, contradictions and linguistic switch-ups as the books themes begin to take shape.
Poet-a-Day: Meet Ashley M. Jones
What can the villanelle offer a poet? Ashley M. Jones has a suggestion—and a container for obsession or sorrow.
Poetry Prompt: The Villanelle
Feeling all the feelings these days? Consider containing them (and letting them breathe) in a villanelle.
Take Your Poet to Work: Sylvia Plath
Just one more week until Take Your Poet to Work Day. Meet our final poet in this year’s collection, Sylvia Plath.
Night Poetry: Emily Dickinson’s Symbol Challenge
Can night poetry have sunshine? If you’re Emily Dickinson, you might find a way to mix dark and light by speaking symbolically.
3 Star Trek Poems: Into Darkness
In honor of the 2013 Trekkies high holy day (the debut of the new movie Into Darkness, opens May 16th), we’re featuring Star Trek poems.
Poem: Ghost of Christmas Present
A poem for Christmas by L.L. Barkat: Ghost of Christmas Present.
My Last Villanelle
I admire a well-executed villanelle in the same way I admire a Baroque Tromp-l’oeil ceiling
I See You in There: the Villanelle
Like most poetry built on refrains, the villanelle steers away from narrative ideals, away from conversation and linear exchange