Sestina For My Friends – Joe Dunthorne

Back in January, writer and novelist Joe Dunthorne was at Keats House and graced our forum with some new and old poems. He regards this piece ‘Sestina For My Friends’ as the only time he successfully achieved writing in a sestina format.

A sestina is a fixed verse form consisting of six stanzas of six lines each, normally followed by a three-line envoi. The words that end each line of the first stanza are used as line endings in each of the following stanzas, rotated in a set pattern. Yeah, I know, I was left scratching my head when I first heard the explanation too.

Have a watch and see if you can identify which six words form the pattern.

Joe Dunthorne headlined our event back in January. Our next forum is this sunday and features Indigo Williams. Its free so make sure you register a place and we hope to see you there!



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