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Ekphrastic Dorsimbra

Karin Anderson, AU

Love’s Compromise


My poem tells how love can change with time.
first stanza strict meter where lamplight falls.
His quill quivers as word “love” has scant rhyme
her restrained days sob for his passion’s scrawls.

Days now explode time tethers
breast’s whoopee corset’s burst
tyres screech sports car’s racy red
drugged lips scream for love, yet now.

She trails soft- bra-bridal gown in floodlight
their ever afters echo cruise control.
His love poem has
no rhyme but meter
My poem tells how love can change with time...

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The Dorsimbra, a poetry form created by Eve Braden, Frieda Dorris and Robert Simonton, is a set form of three stanzas of four lines each. Since the Dorsimbra requires three different sorts of form writing, enjambment can help to achieve fluidity between stanzas, while internal rhymes and near-rhymes can help tie the stanzas together.

Stanza One: Four lines of Shakespearean sonnet (iambic pentameter rhymed abab).
Stanza Two: Four lines of short and snappy free verse.
Stanza Three: Four lines of iambic pentameter blank verse, where the last line repeats the first line of Stanza One.

~ Sol Magazine



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