August 31, 2010, 12:27 am
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By Carl Dennis

Don’t be ashamed that your parents
Didn’t happen to meet at an art exhibit
Or at a protest against a foreign policy
Based on fear of negotiation,
But in an aisle of a discount drugstore,
Near the antihistamine section,
Seeking relief from the common cold.
You ought to be proud that even there,
Amid coughs and sneezes,
They were able to peer beneath
The veil of pointless happenstance.
Here is someone, each thought,
Able to laugh at the indignities
That flesh is heir to. Here
Is a person one might care about.
Not love at first sight, but the will
To be ready to endorse the feeling
Should it arise. Had they waited
For settings more promising,
You wouldn’t be here,
Wishing things were different.
Why not delight at how young they were
When they made the most of their chances,
How young still, a little later,
When they bought a double plot
At the cemetery. Look at you,
Twice as old now as they were
When they made arrangements,
And still you’re thinking of moving on,
Of finding a town with a climate
Friendlier to your many talents.
Don’t be ashamed of the homely thought
That whatever you might do elsewhere,
In the time remaining, you might do here
If you can resolve, at last, to pay attention.




August 17, 2010, 12:55 am
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1.  “Any unit of recurring meter and rhyme–or variants of them–used in an established pattern of repitition and separation in a single poem.”
2.  Can be made up of lines of the same length- called an isometric stanza.
3.  Can be made up of lines of varying lengths- called a heterometric stanza.
4.  Can be a loose grouping of lines and paragraphs of verse–quasi-stanzaic.
5.  “The effect of the stanza is gained by the combination of accumulating sense, from stanza to stanza, combined with repeated sound through the repetition of lineation and rhyming.”
Strand and Boland, The Making of a Poem, page 136