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Nov. 1st, 2004

if you go down to the woods

How To Write A Sestina

A Sestina is a poem that consists of six six-line stanzas and a three line conclusion (the envoy). To write a sestina, choose 6 key words and write them down the right hand side of your paper. Then compose each line, working to the word that is already there.

In the next stanza, you need to rearrange the order of the key words. To keep track of your ordering, number each word in the first stanza. The pattern for the stanzas then will look like this:

Stanza 1: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Stanza 2: 6, 1, 5, 2, 4, 3
Stanza 3: 3, 6, 4, 1, 2, 5
Stanza 4: 5, 3, 2, 6, 1, 4
Stanza 5: 4, 5, 1, 3, 6, 2
Stanza 6: 2, 4, 6, 5, 3, 1

Envoy: (2)/5, (4)/3, (6)/1

(instructions taken from Bemidji State University website)

Oct. 30th, 2004

if you go down to the woods

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I was lucky enough to have this woman as a professor, mentor.

How I miss her input and the precision with which she lifted all that was relevant from my work and gave it back to me. A sort of poetic transplant.
if you go down to the woods

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Wow. I'm really excited about this. If nothing else, it's a place to collect my thoughts. Just filling out the interests section gave me an unexpected glimpse into my purpose, my theme. I'm still trying to find my voice, my direction, and I think this is an important step. I need to find the common thread running through my work.

I'm returning to the facets of self that define me, and they are not the things I imagined. Lucid memories are surfacing (koi in a pond) - I finally have the distance, and the maturity, to approach them.

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