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Obsession
Sestinas in the Twenty-First Century
Carolyn Beard Whitlow, ed.; Marilyn Krysl, ed.

Dartmouth College Press



Contents

Preface: “I Put a Spell on You,” by Carolyn Beard Whitlow
Introduction: The Sestina as Interlocutor, by Marilyn Krysl
• AMERICANA
• Grace Bauer — A Little Like Dorothy
• Alex Cigale — The Paul Bunyan Sestina
• Jan Clausen — Pigs Advance as Organ-Transplant Factories for People
• Martha Golensky — Presidential Potpourri
• George Held — Inauguration (1997) Sestina
• A. Van Jordan —
Time Reviews the Ziegfeld Follies Featuring Josephine Baker, 1936
• Maxine Kumin — In Praise of the New Transfer Station
• Florence Cassen Mayers — All-American Sestina
• Patricia Monaghan — Loaded
• Marilyn Nelson — Keeper of the Keys (1740)
• Lucia Perillo — The Van with the Plane
• Ada Jill Schneider — Brooklyn, 1941
• Murray Silverstein — Sestina to Bind a Goodbye
• Alice Teeter — The 103rd Birthday of Emma Regina DeGraffenreid Smith
• Tony Trigilio — Jean Hill
• LaWanda Walters — Marilyn Monroe
• Nagueyalti Warren — Strut
• ART
• Sherman Alexie — The Business of Fancydancing
• Jeanne Marie Beaumont — Nature Morte
• Maryann Corbett — The Art Student’s Mother Thinks Out Loud
• Barbara Lydecker Crane — The Stone Carver
• Rhina P. Espaillat — People in Home Movies
• Alicia Ostriker — RVR: Work and Love
• Danez Smith — Godfather
• LOVE AND SEX
• Raewyn Alexander — Lightening Storm at Sea
• Michele Battiste — No Swimming
• Shaindel Beers — Why It Almost Never Ends with Stripping
• Dan Bellm — Boy Wearing a Dress
• Kate Bernadette Benedict — Tantalizing Sestina
• Rafael Campo — Sestina in Red
• Melissa Cannon — The Sleeping Beauty
• Kelly Cherry — Wintering
• Blas Falconer — A Definition of Terms
• Jennifer Givhan — Chicken-Hearted
• Juliana Gray — Clark Kent Leaves the Optometrist
• Eloise Klein Healy — Louganis
• Kate Light — Diary Three (Tchaikovsky)
• Bruce Meyer — The Lovers’ Sestina
• Deborah Miranda — Quickening
• Honor Moore — First Time: 1950
• Diane Lockward — Why I Read True Crime Books
• Gail Storey — Noah’s Sestina for Raven and Dove
• David Trinidad — Playing With Dolls
• Pramila Venkateswaran — The Art of the Invisible
• Diane Wakoski — Sestina from the Home Gardener
• Carolyn Beard Whitlow — Book of Ruth
• MEMORY, CONTEMPLATION, RETROSPECTION, AND DEATH
• Julia Alvarez — Bilingual Sestina
• Herman Beavers — The Relative of Fear
• Robin Becker — Sad Sestina
• Michael Cantor — The River Children Come of Age
• James Cummins — Tiresias
• Denise Duhamel — Six-Fingered Sestina
• Nausheen Eusuf — Evening
• Nola Garrett — Decoration Day
• Marilyn Hacker — Towards Autumn
• Jeffrey Harrison — Essay on a Recurring Theme
• Martha Kalin — Glowing Doors
• Marilyn Krysl — Warscape, With Lovers
• Austin MacRae — The Organ Builder
• Charlotte Mandel — Six
• Angela Consolo Mankiewicz — Sestina for Solo Nights
• Joan Mazza — It Comes in Waves
• Mary Meriam — A Tragedy of Flowers
• Joseph Mills — W. S. Merwin Tells a Story During Q & A
• Lenard D. Moore — A Quiet Rhythm of Sleep
• Alfred Nicol — Clock
• Barbara J. Orton — Minds Innocent and Quiet
• Marie Ponsot — Half-Life: Copies to All Concerned
• Jay Rogoff — Leonine
• Patricia Smith — Ethel’s Sestina
• Eleanor Swanson — Miami Beach, Moonrise
• Lewis Turco — The Obsession
• Tim Upperton — Saint Joseph’s Convent, Waipukurau, 1967
• THE NATURAL WORLD
• Celia Lisset Alvarez — Lizards
• Stephanie Thomas Berry — Come
• Kathryn Stripling Byer — Sleepless
• Mary-Marcia Casoly — Australia Dreaming
• Dallas Crow — Diamonds from Mud
• Sally Evans — The Feast in the Barn
• Julie Fay — Provençal Laundry
• Annie Finch — The Bass
• Trina Gaynon — Some Stars Are Not Used for Navigation
• Laura Hope-Gill — The Book of the House on the Niagara River
• Andrew Johnston — The Sounds
• Kristin LaTour — Desert Sestina
• Mary McCallum — Southern Man
• Elise Paschen — The Front Room
• SESTINAS ABOUT SESTINAS: METASESTINAS
• Dana Gioia — My Confessional Sestina
• Donald Hall — Sestina (“Hang it all, Ezra Pound . . .”)
• Maura Stanton — Class Assignment: Thirteen Ways of Looking for a Poem
• F. Keith Wahle — How to Write a Sestina
• Anne Waldman — How the Sestina Works
• Ken Waldman — The Substitute Teaches the Sestina
• SESTINAS WITH IRREGULAR TELEUTONS
• Catherine Bowman — Mr. X
• Lynn Domina — Thursday
• Philip Metres — The Iraqi Curator’s PowerPoint
• Alan Michael Parker — Bird
• Lawrence Schimel — Deleting Names (A Decaying Sestina)
• Miller Williams — The Shrinking Lonely Sestina
• UNCONVENTIONAL SESTINAS
• Nikki Blak — For Black Girls
• Shannon Bramer — The Photographer
• Ruth Foley — Prayer for the Abandoned
• Evie Shockley — clare’s song
• Afterword, by Lewis Putnam Turco
• Contributors
• Acknowledgments
• Index of First Lines
• Index of (Loosely) Metrical and Syllabic Sestinas
• Index of Teleutons

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