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A Ghazanelle

I found the form yesterday, browsing through Lew Turco‘s Book of Forms, and spent my Superbowl Sunday writing one. I’m not at all sure about the title.


No Joke

It used to be I’d wonder at her laughter —
I’d try to tease her secrets from that tone,

From how she’d turn away just moments after —
Or was that when I didn’t join her laughter?

Sometimes she laughed at something she alone
Could see, and something jagged in her tone

Would haunt my waking dreams for days thereafter,
Such a bitter mockery of laughter

That every laugh I heard, even my own,
Became infected by its mordant tone.

Now every night and every day hereafter
Forever will be crowded with her laughter,

My fascination with its broken tone,
The secrets buried in her teasing laughter.

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4 comments

1 MAS { 02.05.12 at 7:41 pm }

Oh, nice! I particularly like “mordant tone” coming there in the middle.

2 Mike { 02.05.12 at 9:45 pm }

Oh good! That word is one I worried about. It’s a very interesting form, and I think I’ll be writing several of them in the next few weeks.

3 Kurt { 03.06.12 at 8:45 am }

Guess what… this one’s getting music too! I hadn’t checked for a while… and we have a temp at work who is an English major so I asked who she liked and she rattled off some poets I’ve never heard of so I sent her yer link and saw the new poem and thought ‘well let’s just see…’ Now if we can just get Krys to sound like Marianne Faithful!

4 Mike { 03.06.12 at 11:18 am }

Can’t wait to hear it, Kurt. I keep looking at the form, thinking I’d like to write another, but, given the nature and pattern of the repetends, it was really hard to keep writing English as she is spoken. At least I hope I managed to do that.

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