Archive for August 2012

Her name is Tucker   1 comment

Her name is Tucker


Posted August 5, 2012 by strongjacksonpoet54 in Uncategorized

What It’s Like   1 comment

What It Is Like

to spend 10 years with an exotic bird
looking up at him with his wild feathers
he blankets me somehow
like I’m a bird deep in a nest
and he’s trying to make up our minds

inside his crazy colors
tips me upside down in distress, in delight

he takes me to parties with rocks, rivers, and men named Mho
we sit in backyards with horrible views
we waste time talking politics

sometimes the chasm between us, so deep I cannot jump it
then he draws me across to watch 5 baby birds
on a wire afraid to fly

he longs for his outdoor cathedrals but forgets the way
I coax him across this chasm
just skinned shins and roughed-up-hope
for one more summer

I don’t cry much. It was Nebraska. It was Colorado. It was a dream.
The plan remains- something about nests, leaving, staying?

again he draws me to the moon
and tree shadows on adobe walls
time has won something
it’s okay to write the same poem over and over
just deeper, enjambing the veins, sinking into stanzas
writing into exhaustion

Mary Strong Jackson
July, 2012

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Sestina   Leave a comment

Check out my sestina. I don’t usually write in any poetic form, but they are fun to try. This one is like a game to puzzle together.


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Sestina Rules   Leave a comment

The sestina is a challenging form in which, rather than simply rhyming, the actual line-ending words are repeated in successive stanzas in a designated rotating order. A sestina consists of six six-line stanzas, concluding with a three-line “envoi” which incorporates all the line-ending words, some hidden inside the closing lines. The prescribed pattern for using the six line-ending words is:
1st stanza 1 2 3 4 5 6

2nd stanza 6 1 5 2 4 3

3rd stanza 3 6 4 1 2 5

4th stanza 5 3 2 6 1 4

5th stanza 4 5 1 3 6 2

6th stanza 2 4 6 5 3 1

envoi 2–5 4–3 6–1
Like the sonnet, the sestina dates back to the Middle Ages, was adopted by the Italian poets of the Renaissance (Dante and Petrarch), and is often used by contemporary poets.

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