Monday, November 16, 2015

Reader's Diary #1214- Dania El-Kadi: Trophy Wife

The titular character and narrator of Dania El-Kadi's "Trophy Wife," reminded of a good form(al) poem. With so much free verse seeming to be the norm, it's distracting sometimes to come across a new poem that abides by more stringent rules. There's something almost depressing, unnatural about it. But, of course, when a great poet pulls it off you realize that the poem didn't shine despite the constraints, but rather because of them.

The trophy wife too, seemed at first, too, like something to be pitied. But she finds her freedom, however fleeting, and for that moment she sparkles. Ideas and life cannot be constrained.

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