Friday, 24 August 2018

Pamela Mordecai : part three

How important is music to your poetry?

Music is very important to my poetry: rhythm inevitably drives it. Though I don't always work in traditional forms, my last two collections employ them throughout. Subversive Sonnets (TSAR, 2012) overhauls the sonnet form – subverts it, if you want, for I end up creating my own maverick version. Although it's in Jamaican Creole,  de book of Mary: a performance poem (Mawenzi House, 2015) is written in triplets of anapaests. It works very well, as does the Greek-style Chorus that introduces, comments on and ends the story.


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