I was invited to read poetry at Occidental College a few months back. I’m not sure if this link will work, but here is a video of me reading a sestina I wrote for my brother called, “Waste of Shame”
If you want to read the poem, it was published in Angel City Review Issue 3.
According to poets.org, the sestina follows a strict pattern of the repetition of the initial six end-words of the first stanza through the remaining five six-line stanzas, culminating in a three-line envoi. The lines may be of any length, though in its initial incarnation, the sestina followed a syllabic restriction. The form is as follows, where each numeral indicates the stanza position and the letters represent end-words:
7. (envoi) ECA or ACE
The envoi, sometimes known as the tornada, must also include the remaining three end-words, BDF, in the course of the three lines so that all six recurring words appear in the final three lines. In place of a rhyme scheme, the sestina relies on end-word repetition to effect a sort of rhyme.
Honored that my new poem, “The Average Unknown” is published in the new issue of poeticdiversity.
Check it out, along with all of the great contributors in the latest issue.
Thanks to editor and writer Marie C Lecrivain for selecting my work. She does a lot of great work for writers and readers in Los Angeles and beyond.
I hope you enjoy it.
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Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? At what age did you start writing? Have you always written poetry? Who/what first inspired you to start writing? Who are your favorite poets?
I grew up with two cultures, so I was very familiar with German kinderlieder –
nursery rhymes and playground songs. Later I found my Dad’s book of Kipling’s poetry and was fascinated by it. I began keeping a journal around the age of twelve or thirteen. I often wrote poetry in it and eventually it became almost entirely poems, quotes, and notes of something said that had impressed upon me. In school, I encountered Ted Hughs and his landscapes, some Hilaire Belloc and W.H. Auden. My favourite poets are Patrick Kavanagh, Rainer Maria Rilke, Pablo Neruda, Elizabeth Bishop, W. B. Yeats, Simon Armitage and Sylvia Plath. I also read Frank Mundo, Helene Cordona and Brendan Constantine.
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Honored that my poem “Aubade” has been nominated for the 2016 Sundress Publications Best of the Net Anthology. Thank you to Marie C Lecrivain, editor-publisher of poeticdiversity: the litzine of Los Angeles.
poeticdiversity: the litzine of Los Angeles’ nominees for 2016 Sundress Publications Best of the Net Anthology.
1) G Murray Thomas -“A Personal History Of Rock ‘n’ Roll: Spoken Word”
1) Carol Schwalberg – “Knock-Out”
2) Lynne Bronstein -“A Present For the Teacher”
1) Gwyndyn Alexander – “Poet in Atlantis”
2) Deborah Edler Brown – “Taller Than the Moon”
3) Frank Mundo – “Aubade”
4) Angel Uriel Perales – “Minuet of the Burning Fields”
5) Ben Trigg – “Shoes”
6) Viola Weinberg Spencer -“Salvadore Dali Takes His Anteater For a Walk”
Congrats to the nominees.