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Ship Ragged

80 pages20 minutes


John Beach's eighth collection of poetry. The 36 (mostly) terzanelle poems in this collection are reflections on difficult, transitional, and tired moments in the author's life, but there’s also fun and opportunities.

The terzanelle is a French/Italian adaptation of the terza rima to the villanelle form. Each terzanelle is meant to be 19 lines long (ten syllables each), composed of five triplets with a concluding quatrain, and are written in iambic pentamater. I don't pay much attention to where my metrical feet are stepping, but I enjoy the puzzle-like nature of this form and the subtlety of the repeating lines, the variations in meaning. I also enjoy breaking the lines and changing punctuation.

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