Tuesday, December 1, 2009

New Poem in Tilt-a-Whirl

I am pleased to note that my new poem "Crepuscule" appears in Issue of 1 of Tilt-a-Whirl: A Poetry Sporadical of Repeating Forms, a venture by poet and editor Kate Bernadette Benedict.

My poem is a triolet, an eight-line form. Other forms in the issue include the ghazal, rondeau, and villanelle. The latter is perhaps best known to readers as the form of the Dylan Thomas poem "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night," which was given a surprisingly tender reading by Rodney Dangerfield in the film Back to School.

Another popular culture note comes to mind. Had I known that paranormal romance (the publishing trade term for things such as vampire crushes) were going to be a big thing, I would have gone ahead and entitled the poem "Twilight" for reasons that are all too obvious these days.

Oh, well.


Christopher Pimental said...

Just read it, JD. Tight.

J.D. Smith said...

Thank you very much, Chris, and for your comment on my previous post.

One of the sometimes frustrating but ultimately empowering things about strict poetic forms is that every word and syllable must matter, so there's little to no room for getting away with carelessness in any dimension. (Don't ask me how I know.)