3.4 Villanelle (Match-Making)

Posted: April 23, 2010 in Uncategorized

This villanelle made me laugh, quite a lot,

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So I’ve been thinking about process, and not just the end result, but the way we get to the end result. So, I thought I’d kind of post my in-progress poem for today, and talk about how it’s come into being (so far — it’s not finished yet). The idea came (as they usually do), in a flash of “oooh! I like!”

Today’s idea: Internet dating. I have some really cool friends who’ve met through internet dating (either via something formal like Match.com or via something accidental, like role-playing games) and I was thinking about what it would be like to try and put yourself out there into the world for that reason. Of course, my first thought was, “Gah! Scary!’ and so I thought it would make the perfect villanelle (we shall, of course, see whether that’s true or not).

Here are the notes of the first go-round with this villanelle, pulled right out of my Word doc. As you can see, I worked out the repeating lines first, and then put them where they belong in the form. This helps me build in the other parts. We’ll see if the repeating lines change in the final form. Forms, I might add, are the only poems that I write the ending first, mainly because it seems like the only way I can do it. In other poems, the end is usually some surprise or discovery, even for me.

I’ll post a link to the final version when it’s done.

Making Matches @ DotCom
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The website says to describe the real me.
You won’t attract a mate if you’re fake.
So I say I’m smart, sexy, xx and baggage-free.
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a
b
The website says to write the real me.
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a
b
So I say I’m smart, sexy, xx and baggage-free.
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a
b
The website says to write the real me.
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The xx all want a photo to see —
b
So I say I’m smart, sexy, xx and baggage-free.
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a
b
The website says no one wants the real me.
So I write that I’m smart, sexy, xx and baggage-free.
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free, sexy, me, tree, bleed, free, see, bee, be, alee, tea, tee,
Fake
make
take
cake
lake
rake
bake

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Firing your neurons at a moving target, one word at a time, s.

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PS — Here is the link to the “Finished” product.

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Comments
  1. […] About This Poem: I actually had a bit of fun with this one. Which I suppose is one of the joys of form is that you can let the rest go and do some fun things inside the structure. Here’s how it started. […]

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