Poetry Published in Special Sestina Issue of Festival Writer

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I was happy to find out recently that my submission of two sestinas to Festival Writer were accepted for publication in their Special Sestina Issue (No. 2:6).  Here is the link to my poems The Book of Poems, and On the BridgeFestival Writer Link

What Is A Sestina?

A sestina is a form of poetry that has six stanzas of six lines each, plus a final stanza of three lines (called a ‘tercet’).  You choose six words, and each individually will be used as the last word of each line in a particular order.  The patterned order changes with each stanza, and in the tercet the words are used in order as well, two per line.

Sort of Sudoku for poetry.

In the call for submissions they encouraged writers to step outside the box, so in The Book of Poems I had the first letter of each line in each stanza spell out ‘sestina’ – minus the ‘a’.  I started each line of the tercet with an ‘a’.

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New York Was Incredible

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I decided to take advantage of the fact I was going to be in NYC, and made an appointment with Patrick Cook/Director/Musical Theatre and Jazz, from BMI.  I met with him on Thursday, and was able to visit the World Trade Center Memorial at the same time, since their offices are located at 7 World Trade Center.  The meeting with Pat was productive – he was a real gentleman and helped me get to the subway station and on my way back to Hell’s Kitchen in Manhattan where I was staying.  It was time for dinner at that point.

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I managed to eat Asian food for every meal while I was there.  It was pure heaven, and I’m sure I didn’t even touch the tip of the culinary iceberg.  Tabata’s Ramen, located at  540 9th Avenue, was so good that I ate there twice.  The first time I ordered an award winning noodle dish that included tahini in the broth.  Yum!

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I also ordered a side of skate that had been chipped into slivers and deep fried (another ‘Yum!’).  The only other place I’ve had skate is in England, and it was served as a large piece deep fried then placed in paper similar to newspaper, and came with a side of chips.

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When I ate there again on Saturday I ordered garlic noodles.  Giant ‘YUM!’

Another dish I really liked was the panang curry I had at another place recommended by the lady behind the desk at Doubletree.  I ordered the duck, and it was simply amazing….the skin was still crispy, and it was a recognizable duck breast atop a bed of curried vegetables, with a side cone of rice.  And it was not expensive either.  I sure wish Chattanooga had some of these type eateries available.  The food was so fresh and expertly prepared.  At Tabata the cooks were on the other side of the bar making giant vats of broth, etc. for all to see.  Nothing to hide here folks.

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When I travel I like to get practical souvenirs whenever possible.  In NYC I bought a couple of shirts, a nice purse (no brand, but really nice), and a couple of lovely hand-crafted mugs.

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I also got a much needed shoe shine by this friendly man.

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I took so many pictures of all the interesting sights, including photos in Central Park.  This trip was really a fun adventure, and I look forward to visiting again sometime in the future.

On the campus of Columbia University

On the campus of Columbia University