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Paula, on the coop blog, 8GreatStorytellers, posted this poem a while back: BIRDS OF A FEATHER FLOCK TOGETHER Sparrows with sparrows, Crows with crows, Starlings with starlings. That’s how it goes. Inspired by this Nashian observation, I perpetrated this reply: … Continue reading

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Why You Can’t Write Haiku, Part 6

Twenty Syllable Translations The extra budget in a twenty syllable haiku accommodates the wordiness of English, and the rhyme compensates, somewhat, for the lost Japanese poetic elements of the original. Some examples: The scene is almost set for Spring to … Continue reading

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Gresham’s Law of Versification

My friend and mentor, Edith Battles, gave me her copy of “The Art of Versification” before she died. Esenwein and Roberts’ book is very complete. It has a section on Vers Libre, a form that the French were into by … Continue reading

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