A little over a month ago I posted about the Crowdsourced Poetry Project that the University Press of North Georgia is doing. So far, we have 4 lines of our Sestina–not even a whole stanza yet! What’s a sestina, you might ask, well, it’s
originally a French form of poetry divided into 6 sestets (six line stanzas) and 1 triplet called an envoi, a concluding stanza half the size of the rest. The distinguishing feature of a sestina is that the words ending each line in the first stanza are repeated as the end words for the other six stanzas in a specific order: ABCDEFG, FAEBDC, CFDABE, ECBFAD, DEACFB, BDFECA, (envoi) ECA or ACE.
It may look complicated on paper, but it’s really not too bad. It’s a great form to get public input on because you don’t have to worry about meter or rhyme, just the repetition of the end words used.
So, now that you’re armed with that knowledge, here’s the four lines of our sestina so far:
I began to ask myself the questions
With answers hanging in the air
What is here is noise above which we can hear
When we listen with our hearts instead of our ears
Do you have a suggestion for the fifth line and fifth end word? Head on over to the UPNG Facebook page and give us your submission!