Marilyn Hacker

(1942 / The Bronx, New York City, New York)

Iva's Pantoum - Poem by Marilyn Hacker

We pace each other for a long time.
I packed my anger with the beef jerky.
You are the baby on the mountain. I am
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Form: Pantoum

Comments about Iva's Pantoum by Marilyn Hacker

  • Fabrizio Frosini (5/27/2016 9:18:00 AM)

    The pantoum is a poetic form derived from the pantun, a Malay verse form: specifically from the pantun berkait, a series of interwoven quatrains. (Wiki) (Report) Reply

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  • Susan Williams (2/24/2016 2:33:00 PM)

    She did it! ! ! Pantoums that make sense are excruciatingly hard to write and make sense with. Repeating lines are rebellious things, always trying to escape the corrals the writer tries to pen them in. Bad pantoums simply don't make sense. Good pantoums often sound pretty but have little to say beyond how pretty its lines are. The rules are too difficult for most writers to handle. Pantoums are written in a minimum of five quatrains, and the second and fourth lines of each quatrain become the first and third lines of the following quatrain. In the final quatrain the first and third lines of the first quatrain are often taken as the second and fourth lines. I am in awe of this poem.. (Report) Reply

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