Denise R. Weuve

Ink Damage and Other Permanent Stains

Day 19~1/2 a Sestina=Tritina

Screen Shot 2014-04-19 at 12.37.40 AMYes, it’s Easter weekend, but that doesn’t let you off the hook.  I know, there are Easter Baskets to make, there are eggs to dye, potato salad to mix, and a Trina to write.  That’s correct, the shorter version of a Sestina.  Todays’ prompt comes courtesy one of my peeps from the Queens MFA Program, Michelle Hendrixson Milller.  This is her brain child so you need to thank or hate her.

A Tritina, is a shortened version of sestina created by Marie Ponsot.

Here is how it is done

  • The poem has ten lines, grouped into three tercets and one conclusive line.
  • Tritinas have no meter requirements – However whatever meter you pick, you should try and stick with it to maintain the rhythm of your poem.
  • The rhyme scheme, if you choose to have one, is based on the three end words you choose.
  • Having chosen your three words, your pattern should look like this: ABC, CAB, BCA and the last line have all three words in it, bringing you back to ABC

I know, directions don’t help until you see it so here’s an example by the creator of said form

Living Room 

The window’s old & paint-stuck in its frame. 
If we force it open the glass may break. 
Broken windows cut, and let in the cold 

to sharpen house-warm air with outside cold 
that aches to buckle every saving frame 
& let the wind drive ice in through the break 

till chair cupboard walls stormhit all goods break. 
The family picture, wrecked, soaked in cold, 
would slip wet & dangling out of its frame. 

Framed, it’s a wind-break. It averts the worst cold. 

~Marie Ponsot

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