January 28, 2023

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Wednesdays with Denise

VOODOO LIBRETTO AND THE VILLANELLE OF THE SEIBLES

In February 2022, Tim released Seible’s Voodoo Libretto: New & Selected Poems. This important volume – nearly 300 pages of truthful verse – spans the cutting-edge career of a self-proclaimed “black baby boomer.” Terrance Hayes wrote a wonderful review in the form of a board game. Hayes includes a chart that contextualizes Seible’s poetry with cultural shifts, or “the measure of time in the work and body of Tim Seibles in America and the spirit of his poetry on earth.”

One of the most glorious poetic gestures used by Seible I call “the Seibles Villanelle”. In these poems he lengthens the villanelle to 25 lines and combines it with the blues for amazing results:

Congratulations Timo!

       

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