The following is in response to Sheryl Mebane’s poem “Renga for an Absent Lover” that I read via Gemini Magazine, an online literary journal.
Mebane’s choice of stanza construction—tercet-couplet-tercet—imagery, and subtle enjambment really makes this poem amazing. The poem is about a silent and still lover—his subtlety is what is being admired, which matches visually with the line breaks. What I take away from the poem is a question to ask myself: when in my life does what I do not verbalize, say how I feel better than speaking?
Also, I am glad I came upon Gemini Magazine because they do these contests throughout the year and the winner is awarded $1000. I am all over that. Their next deadline is for flash fiction—coincidentally I’m taking a flash fiction class this summer so I should have a piece to submit by the deadline.