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Formalists and avant-gardes love sestinas for their ornate, maddeningly complicated rules of word repetition.More than 800 years after its invention in medieval France, the sestina survives and thrives in English. A fixed 39-line poetic form with of six stanzas of six lines each, followed by a three- line stanza known as an envoi, tornada, or tercet, the sestina is the one form of poetry that poets from all camps agree can exist in a free verse world. For The Incredible Sestina Anthology, editor Daniel Nester has gathered more than 100 writersfrom John Ashbery to David Lehman to Matt Madden and Patricia Smithto show the sestina in its many incarnations: prose and comic sestinas, collaborative and double sestinas, from masters of the form to brilliant one-off attempts, all to show its evolution and the possibilities of this dynamic form.
|Publisher:||Write Bloody Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)|
About the Author
aniel Nester's most recent book, How to Be Inappropriate, described as "a deeply funny new collection of booger-flecked nonfiction" in Time Out New York, was published by Soft Skull Press in 2010. He is editor of The Incredible Sestinas Anthology, due out from Write Bloody Publishing later this year. Nester's first two books, God Save My Queen: A Tribute (Soft Skull, 2003) and God Save My Queen II: The Show Must Go On (2004), are collections on his obsession with the rock band Queen. His third, The History of My World Tonight (BlazeVOX, 2006), is a collection of poems. As a journalist and es