"reversed consonance"

mephis is back – if he guesses this new title first, he has a new record: 4 in a row!

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in the mail: myung mi kim’s new chapbook from ATTICUS FINCH titled RIVER ANTES. i love the way atticus makes chaps, elegant and immediate. the poems themselves are vintage kim – read it twice in one sitting. go get it if there are any left.

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the stein / villa thread is the post below … i of course will respond if anyone is interested.

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so the final villa post involves an innovation that he named “reversed consonance”. in a note, villa describes this method:

The last sounded consonants of the last syllable, or the last principal consonants of a word, are reversed for the corresponding rhyme. Thus, a rhyme for near would be run; or rain, green, reign. For light — tell, tall, tale, steal, etc.

In the case of a word where no consonant follows the last vowel, as in: ‘leaned in my eyes and love me’, the corresponding rhyme is found by considering the last sounded consonant of the preceding word: thus, a corresponding rhyme, in this case, would be: ‘It to dazzeling made.’ Other possible rhymes for this case, then, could be maid, mood, etc.

[…] In the author’s belief, this new rhyme method is subtler and stricter, and less obtrusive on the ear, than ordinary consonance.

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SO WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THIS METHOD?

ALSO, WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO RHYME IN CONTEMPORARY POETRY? IS IT STILL A VIABLE METHOD? WHY DON’T MORE POETS EXPERIMENT WITH RHYME? DO YOU RHYME? WHY OR WHY NOT?

i can think of a few contemporary experiments with rhyme…and was wondering if others can add to this list…

Aaron Shurin, Involuntary Lyrics (rearranged shakespeare’s sonnets end-words and wrote into them)

Haryette Mullen, Trimmings, “spermkit” (prose poem variable rhymes)

Michael Magee, MS (chaotic rhyme)

Ann Lauterbach, Hum (the last word of each line rhymes with the first word of the following line)

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i’ve experimented with rhyme a little bit. i wrote a few poems in rhymed couplets, one short line and one long line (to hide the rhyme sound).

i’ve also done what i call “prose sonnets”. a prose poem made of 14 sentences, where the last word of each sentence follows a shakespearean sonnet rhyme scheme. they were actually quite fun!

ANYWAYS, i hope everyone is having a nice weekend!

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7 thoughts on “"reversed consonance"

  1. Have you moved on to memoir titles? Is it “My Family and Other Animals” by Gerald Durrell?

  2. Damn it. One I would have actually gotten, and I was too late for it. I was crazy about him as a kid, and I read almost everything he wrote.

  3. Hi CS,

    K. Silem Mohammad, A Thousand Devils — sporadically, a bit like what’s in my MS, a bit like what’s in Carl Martin’s _Go Your Stations Girl_ and _Genii Over Salzburg_. Kasey and I co-wrote an essay for an academic collection called “Formalista!: Beats, Rhymes and the Avant-Garde” in 2001 — the collection never came out and I’m thinking of publishing it in the next issue of Combo magazine.

    I also seem to remember hearing Ted Pearson read some interesting poems in rhyme recently…and Bernstein in his more parodic mode.

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