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First Verse Composed Standing in the Heatless Shed 

My ears remind me that I have a hood,
And raising it, I realize my glasses,
Resting on my nose, are very good
Conductors for what little warmth still passes
Through my sclerotic veins—I really should
Go in before my blood becomes molasses.
What profit lies in finishing this verse
If by next week I’m riding in a hearse?

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1 Penelope { 12.16.10 at 1:18 am }

Are you a purist when it comes to rhyming poetry then?

2 Mike { 12.17.10 at 1:01 pm }

I’m not exactly sure what what you mean by “purist,” but I think I can answer “Not at all.” I don’t believe Denise Levertov, one of my favorite poets of the 20th century, has a single deliberate end-rhyme in any of her published work.

That said, most of what I’ve enjoyed reading over the last 15 years has been metrical, rhyming poetry. In my own work, I almost always use meter, and I usually rhyme — the one free verse poem I’ve written this century was on a challenge for the 2006 NaPoWriMo.

I’m pretty strict on myself in my rhyming: one or a few slant rhymes in a sea of perfect rhyme (or the other way around) usually looks lazy to me, so, unless there’s some rhetorical force to the fact of the difference, I either find a way of fixing the few or I rewrite the whole thing to get the distribution more even.

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