Saturday, August 13, 2011

Finuala Dowling on Parting

‘Parting’ is an astonishing technical feat: written in utterly natural-sounding iambic pentameter, it stretches out like the kite lines it uses as images for our connection to our souls. It manages to be at once an utterly down-to-earth telling, a dramatically rendered scene and a sublime meditation. I wish thousands of beginner poets can see just what can be achieved by building with diction that mostly consists of single-syllable words."

Read the poems, and Dowling's assessment at: Stellenbosch Literary Project.

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