Jacinta Le Plastrier reviews 'The Weekly Poem' edited by Jordie Albiston

Jacinta Le Plastrier reviews 'The Weekly Poem' edited by Jordie Albiston

The Weekly Poem: 52 Exercises in closed and open forms

edited by Jordie Albiston

Puncher & Wattman, $29.95 pb, 183 pp, 9781922186577

Discussing the genesis of a poem, W.H. Auden told Paris Review that at any given time he had two things on his mind: ‘a theme that interests me and a problem of verbal form, meter, diction, etc. The theme looks for the right form; the form looks for the right theme. When the two come together, I am able to start writing.’ Australian poet Jordie Albiston’s The Weekly Poem, comprising fifty-two one-poem-per-week exercises, is a guide designed around such a synthesis. Able to be used by individual poets or set by teachers for creative writing students, each exercise marries a theme with the task of adhering to Albiston’s instructions and the formal concerns for that week.

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Published in May 2015, no. 371
Jacinta Le Plastrier

Jacinta Le Plastrier

Jacinta Le Plastrier is a Melbourne-based poet, writer, editor, and publisher. Her poetry collection, The Book of Skins, will be published in March 2014. See: www.jacintaleplastrierofficial.blogspot.com

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