A Poetry Sporadical of Repeating Forms

Rondeau for Rhina

by Terese Coe

Apollo gives his luminosity
to one who tempers rhyme with remedy,
a maverick in the home and yet a mate,
a universal poet whose estate
is balance, measure, singularity;

whose lines and offbeat heliography
pay tribute to unnoticed moments we
rush over, unsuspecting how of late
Apollo gives;

a woman who is loosed from gravity,
who winnows runs of whimsy from the wry
disparities of pain, corruption, fate,
who celebrates the trickle and the spate,
and bares the light, the endless energy
Apollo gives.

[first published in Blue Unicorn]

Terese Coe is the author of the full-length poetry collection The Everyday Uncommon (Word Press, 2005).  She was awarded First Prize in the 2008 Helen Schaible Sonnet Award, was a finalist in the 2009 and 2004 Willis Barnstone Translation Prize, and has received scholarships to the West Chester Poetry Conference, and two grants from Giorno Poetry Systems.


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