Poem of the Day #9 is the Triversen form.
“The Triversen, (triple verse sentence), is a sentence broken into three lines. It has also been referred to as a “verset”, a surge of language in one breath.”
“The Triversen was originated by William Carlos Williams as a “native American” poetic form of the 20th century. According to Lewis Turco in his Book of Forms, it is “one of the most innovative things done to modern free-verse.” It introduced the “variable foot” to free verse. The “variable foot” is a phrase or portion of a sentence contained within a line.”
Curtain-Fall Triversen by Michael Romani As dance ends, she comes to rest Remembering well The curtain-falls That he was the one Who showed her first The dancer's-call She unlaces her dancing shoes Thinking as well The curtain-falls All the times they once had Together dancing Memory-calls She had thought him an imposition In her mind That now recalls That all he did, he truly did for her And it occurs As curtain-falls That she had been unfair In pushing him away She does recall All the love he showed her Day after day Until the curtain-fall How alarmed he had seemed As all that he had dreamed Walked-away And that she had been all to him Until her whim Had washed him away (c) February 15, 2019 Michael Romani All Rights Reserved