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Poetry Sunday: ‘Coy Mistress,’ by Annie Finch


By Rebecca Foust

So, the opening salvo is a powerful one, and with it the speaker reveals herself to be smart, competent, and truly the mistress of this situation; in other words, the very opposite of the stereotypical demure, falsely reluctant woman barely seen in Andrew Marvel’s poem.

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Poetry Sunday: ‘Ghazanelle,’ by Moira Egan


I very much admire this poem for its inventiveness and elegance of execution. Besides its intricate and seemingly effortless fusion of a ghazal, a villanelle, and a sonnet, the form so perfectly fulfills its subject as to not feel in any way contrived or imposed, that is, does not creak, stall out, surprise, or otherwise inform us of its presence.
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