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 Bridge: Festival 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’.
The Blanket Stories books arrived today. Yeah! I was pleased to see that they listed the name of the poets and artists on the back cover as well as having their poem/artwork inside. Many ‘Thanks’ to Ruth Zamoyta and Richard Jochum for editing this wonderful Anthology.
A ‘Thank You’ to Dorothea Lasky for her beautiful interpretation of The Pied Piper mentioned in the introduction. As an author it’s nice to see someone appreciate your work, and to make an educated analysis that also reveals how it spoke to them.
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I’m really looking forward to an upcoming trip to New York. I was invited to read a poem I wrote called “The Pied Piper” that was chosen to be in an anthology called “Blanket Stories”. The launch is Friday, June 6, 2014 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Macy Gallery, 4th Floor, Teachers College, Columbia University, 525 West 120th Street, New York, NY. If you’re in the area, please drop by!
A friend and fellow poet, John Mannone, had a poem that made it to the finals, and his poem will be posted in the gallery as well at the June 6th launch.
If you would like to read “The Pied Piper” and other poems from the anthology, you can find them at http://www.blanketstories.net/michelle-young/ or http://www.blanketstories.net