Patricia Smith is known for her work in traditional form, and even more for stretching form to its limit. For example, the poem “Elegy” in Incendiary Art is a triple sestina, and the poems featured in this issue are parts of a triple crown. (That’s 45 sonnets!) How might you innovatively and generatively expand a traditional fixed form? 

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Vol. 1, Iss. 1 | Gregory Pardlo | Summer 2017

During his reading at James Madison University, Gregory Pardlo talked a lot about forms, and his use of various and uncharacteristic formal containers, as a way to get into a poem. In his book Digest, for example, he utilizes the “course description” as a poetic form. (For an example, see “Shades of Green: Envy and Enmity in the American Cultural Imaginary.”)

  • Write your own “course description” poem.
  • What other non-poetic form could you co-opt for a poem?

Post your ideas, comments, or resulting poems below!

Read more in this issue: Interview | Critical Essay| Poems