Song Net for an Estuary


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"Song Net for an Estuary," is a linked series of fifteen elegiac sonnets on the ecosystem of an estuary: its definition and configuration, as well as its considerable degradation over time through ecological damage and over navigation. As background for these poems, I studied two estuaries in particular: the Thames, for its science and its historical association with the poet John Keats, and a little-known estuary in Grays Harbor, Washington, for its connection to a personal story. Over the course of the summer, I found a suitable form for this project in the sonnet redoublé: a French invention that features fifteen sonnets of any type linked together by the fact that each line of the first sonnet becomes, in its turn, the last line of the following fourteen.


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