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  •  Hi Roxine (8+ / 0-)

    This is a powerful piece.  Have you thought about writing a pantoum about your experience?  That's the first form that entered my head as I was reading.  A pantoum (if you're not familiar with the lingo) is a poem with lines that repeat, which gives the effect of weaving ideas in and out of the piece as a whole.  (If you need an example, a pantoum I wrote about motherhood is here. )  I think the pantoum would be a fitting form to convey the waves of emotion you describe as a CSA survivor.

    •  Thanks melissaf - I did check out that site as (4+ / 0-)

      well as looked into the "how to" write a pantoum.

      I agree, it would serve as an excellent way to shape the subject matter of child sexual abuse.  

      And thank you for sharing a piece of your work with me.  I will explore that site further.

      "...I am the master of my fate/I am the captain of my soul" Invictus - William Ernest Henley Please donate to TREE Climbers, our 501(c)(3).

      by Roxine on Wed Aug 01, 2012 at 09:15:34 AM PDT

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      •  Glad to help out (4+ / 0-)
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        2thanks, Avilyn, Roxine, blueyedace2

        I'm a big form booster, so when I see a poet who's already working with form I always get excited. :-)

        One book that's an excellent resource, if you're interested in looking at all kinds of different poetic forms, is The Ode Less Traveled, by Stephen Fry.  (Yes, THAT Stephen Fry--actor and friend to Hugh Laurie of House fame.)  He's very good at giving all the basics to the traditional forms, although I've also seen poets break out of the usual metered/rhymed stuff and invent twists of their own.  (For instance, you don't necessarily need meter and rhyme to write a pantoum.  I've bumped into writers who just used the pattern of repetition to very good effect.)

        That line of yours, "I was a kid--you were a man," is such a powerful refrain, by the way.  Really good stuff.

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