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November 09, 2015


The excellent Emily Sierra Poertner is a senior creative writing major at Roanoke College.

This is fantastic! I'm going to give it a try. Thank you. Stacey

Text it to me, Stacey. 540.529.6846

Tip of the hat to Hale Hatfield (in memoriam) via Amy Burtner, who informs me that she uses an exercises she learned from her professor: In a syllabic poem, let your phone number provide the syllable count, and use the letters of your first and last names to provide the initial letter for each line. The Hatfield, then, is a Poertner with an acrostic element. Thanks, Amy.

Correction: the name of Amy Burtner's mentor was Hale Hatfield. Sorry for my error. RS

There must be some kind of auto-correct happening. The man's name is Hale Chatfield.

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