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

2014 • 168 pp. 7 x 10"
Poetry / Poetry Anthologies / Literary Collections

$27.95 Paperback, 978-1-61168-529-9
$24.99 Ebook, 978-1-61168-530-5

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“The stamp of a great anthology is the joie de vivre of its editors—and Whitlow and Krysl mark this marvel of a collection with an irreverent sense of fun... [continued in Reviews below]”—Molly Peacock, author of Cornucopia and The Second Blush,

The authoritative anthology of the unusual and challenging verse form, the sestina

The sestina (of medieval French origin) is a complex poetic form of 39 lines (six sestets and a three-line “envoy”) in which the six end-words (teleutons) of the lines of the first sestet stanza are repeated in a specific order as teleutons in the five succeeding sestets. In the envoy, the six teleutons are again picked up, one of them being buried in, and one finishing, each line.

Because of the complexity of the form, the sestina fell out of favor with poets for several decades. However, a twenty-first century revival of the form is underway. This is the first anthology of sestinas that showcases both traditional and innovative examples of the form by modern and contemporary poets, award winners, and emerging writers alike. Organized by such themes as Americana; Art; Love and Sex; and Memory, Contemplation, Retrospection, and Death, the collection also includes sestinas with irregular teleutons and unconventional sestinas. An evocative introduction by Marilyn Krysl acquaints readers with the form. The volume concludes with useful indexes of first lines and teleutons, increasing access to the poems beyond the poets’ names.

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“The stamp of a great anthology is the joie de vivre of its editors—and Whitlow and Krysl mark this marvel of a collection with an irreverent sense of fun. From sex to art to politics, the pure zest of these sestinas makes you know they’ll survive like the sonnet, each age appropriating the form for a new existence. And new existences are here, from the stately to the slapdash repetitions of our lives, each poem built on six golden words.” —Molly Peacock, author of Cornucopia and The Second Blush

CAROLYN BEARD WHITLOW is the Charles A. Dana Professor of English at Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina. Her poems have been anthologized in over twenty collections and have appeared in the Kenyon Review, Indiana Review, Cold Mountain Review, and many more. MARILYN KRYSL is a poet and short story writer whose work has appeared in the Atlantic, the Nation, the Pushcart Prize Anthology, and more. Swear the Burning Vow: Selected and New Poems (2009) is her tenth collection of poetry.

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