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This Is Not a Villanelle

life is
as if
    Elizabeth Bishop wrote it,
and the poem is on repeat repeat repeat:

loss, a violent form.
loss, of violence formed.
loss, a violation of form /


form meaning brings
(and grief knows no form).

This is not a villanelle,
but I am still losing

keys, kingdoms,





Emily Bowles has a Ph.D. in English and a Certificate in Women’s Studies from Emory University, where she studied the works of early modern women writers, including Margaret Cavendish, Aphra Behn, and Charlotte Lennox. She now works as grants manager for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Fox Valley.

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