Enjoyed your poem, “Manatee, A terza rima sonnet.”
Thank you, Alice.
You know, dugongs were
mermaids, and sailors still sing this (DUGONG) SEASONG:
The Marinated Mackerel
To aid the mermaid in
He bubbled nothings in
Till blushingly she
The Mackerel's now
A motley, marinated crew
His mermaid murmurs on a
Abiding cordially for
All of which would
True love should never
A steep price to pay! :)
Great job, Lew.
As always, thanks for
reminding us of and bringing new life to forms that are so often neglected in
this formless age of txt msging! And not just a sonnet but terza rima!! Ritorni
al grande maestro, Dante!
A few people have been complaining that they can't find my blog titled "Odd and Invented Forms" on my blog at http://www.lewisturco.net or http://www.lewisturco.typepad.com. It's easy to find if one will simply Google "Odd and Invented Forms."
continued to contribute material to the Minnehaha posting of this blog that was
mounted on Friday, April 16th, so here is more fascinating
information about this topic in American history:
Wasn't there a
Minnetaur, too, who lived in a maze of maize?
There's a reservoir near
us called Minisink, I suppose after the guy who could only float on it and the
nearby Neversink Reservoir....Minnesink was slightly depressed. Or he lived in
a cave with cons. Unsure.
Surely you can work in Minnesoda?
was trying to stick with things that are close to “haha,” but sure, I suppose
one might work in Minneture, the golf pro, too.
once met Minneheehaw, the aging country cousin ... and Minnewhohe, who worked
for the New Yorker many years ...
and if any more come to mind, I'll report-- Oh, maybe Minnehubbub, life of the party. And let's not forget
Minnetepee, the realtor uncle.
there’s Minnehiphop, the rap star, too, Minnehobnob, the gossip, and Minnehobo,
the wanderer. But there’s more to this story. Everyone knows that Samuel L.
Clemens, who wrote under the pseudonym “Mark Twain,” was for a period a
riverboat pilot on the Mississippi. What few people know is that he also did
what Herman Melville did — he went to sea and followed what the Vikings once
called “the whale road.” When he returned he was called “the whale road Twain.”
Clemens brought with him from the Sandwich Islands a shipment of “laughing
liquor” or Ha-wine, said to have been the legacy of a pair of American Indians
who had settled there, Minnehaha, or “Laughing Waters,” an ancestor of Ethel,
and Hiawatha — the land had been called originally the “Hiawathan Islands,”
until they were corrupted.
to return to Clemens: docking in San Francisco, the novelist briefly toyed with
becoming a ballet dancer; at the time no male costumes were available, so
during this period he became known as “the tutu Twain.” Following these two
episodes many people thought he had lost his mind when he decided to become a
railroad man, and certainly he must have had a loco motive for doing so, but if
he never owned a railroad it is not for Lackawanna. To the end of his life he
never lost this train of thought.
The Virginia Quarterly Review "The Mutable Past," a memoir collected in FANTASEERS, A BOOK OF MEMORIES by Lewis Turco of growing up in the 1950s in Meriden, Connecticut, (Scotsdale AZ: Star Cloud Press, 2005).
The Tower Journal Two short stories, "The Demon in the Tree" and "The Substitute Wife," in the spring 2009 issue of Tower Journal.
The Tower Journal Memoir, “Pookah, The Greatest Cat in the History of the World,” Spring-Summer 2010.
The Michigan Quarterly Review This is the first terzanelle ever published, in "The Michigan Quarterly Review" in 1965. It has been gathered in THE COLLECTED LYRICS OF LEWIS TURCO/WESLI COURT, 1953-2004 (www.StarCloudPress.com).
The Gawain Poet An essay on the putative medieval author of "Gawain and the Green Knight" in the summer 2010 issue of Per Contra.