Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Poetry: Comfort in Form
Spillway, themed "Crossing Boarders," Susan Terris comments on the number of poetry submissions received "in exacting poetic forms." She explains, "In these pages, you'll find five sonnets. A sonnet, historically, is a little song; and you'll see this volume is threaded with them, many more small songs of 10-16 lines. We also have a villanelle, a pantoum, several invented forms unique to particular poets. In addition, we have Asian forms of haiku, tanka, and haibun. Why all these poetic forms? I have a facile answer: the greater the danger (and all borders are fraught with danger), the more form works to add control and comfort to an out-of-control and uncomfortable world."