A Poetry Sporadical of Repeating Forms

The Ovillejo

by Rhina P. Espaillat

Admit you’re tempted by it:
Well, try it!
It’s full of kinks and quirks.
It works
by stealth: you steal a kiss
like this,
or steal a basethey’ll miss
the ball until youve stepped
to safety! It’s a plot kept
well: Try it; it works like this.

Rhina P. Espaillat is a poet and translator who lives in Newburyport, Massachusetts where she helped found the Powow River Poets group.  Her poetry collection Rehearsing Absence won the Richard Wilbur Award and she is also the author of Where Horizons Go, Her Place in These Designs, Playing at Stillness, and The Shadow I Dress In. Rhina is a great enthusiast of the ovillejo; her definition appears on our Cheat Sheet of Repeating Forms.


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