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"Decals of Desire"

"How to Write a Villanelle" [by Martin Stannard]

Click here for "How to Write a Villanelle" -- and below that "How toi Write a Sonnet" -- by Martin Stannard, who writes:
Good morning, and welcome to August.
This is to announce that "How to Write Poetry" is now available at its very own website:
and today sees the release of Issue #2 of the series: "How to Write a Villanelle", which you will find there as a blog post , and also free to download as a PDF if you are looking for that special gift for someone who is difficult to please.
I know I said that #2 would be about how to write an epic, but several people responded to Issue #1 ("How to Write a Sonnet") by asking for help to write a villanelle, and so here we are.
Best wishes etc.

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I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark

from New and Selected Poems by David Lehman


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