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How to write specific forms:
Haibun. Haiku. Hay(na)ku. Rengay. Tanka.
Concrete. Ghazal. Lai. Pantoum. Prose poem. Rondeau. Rubáiyát.
Sestina. Skaldic verse. Sonnet. Terza rima. Triolet. Tritina. Villanelle.
Billy Collins exercise.
Snorri's Edda. Carl Dennis. Corey Marks. Franz Wright. Gary Young. The Gawain Poet.
Jack Gilbert. Jane Hirshfield. Jorie Graham. Karen Braucher. Kay Ryan.
Laureate Poets: Britain; USA.
Len Anderson. Li-Young Lee. Linda Pastan. Nordic Skalds. Pulitzer Poetry Prize (U.S.A).
Rainer Maria Rilke Richard Hugo. Robert Bly. Ronald Koertge.
Sara Teasdale. Snorri's Edda. Stephen Dunn. Ted Kooser. W.S. Merwin.
On Ronald Koertge
by J. Zimmerman
The Ogre's Wife.
Ronald Koertge featured in The Best American Poetry: 2006, Editor Billy Collins.
The Ogre's Wife was published in 2013.
|The Ogre's Wife (2013)|
The word comes from tri + via: three roads. And it came to mean things of no importance because that's where women would stop and talk. A man made that up, don't you think? He'd be riding a fine horse, his head full of important thoughts about his life, his sons, his money. There would be these women standing where three roads met filling the air with weather and babies and recipes. He would look them up and down, and lick his fat lips as they whispered to each other how easy it would be to make it look like somebody else killed him, some man driven by the things men talk about — envy, rage, revenge.
Forget the version with the wax wings. Forget the painting by Bruegel and the poem by Auden. Icarus and his father escape from Crete by boat. Daedelus invents sails to outrun King Minos' galleys. Icarus prances around the stern giving Cretans the finger and at some point falls overboard. He's not missed immediately and when he is it's too late. Daedelus grieves. The others lie on the deck eating the biscuits and honey Icarus had in his ruscksack. Drinking his water. How amazing to go so fast without rowing!
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