I was inspired by "The Art of Reading Rosmarie Waldrop," an interesting article by Susannah Lawrence that appears in the September/October issue of Poets & Writers Magazine. In it, Ms. Lawrence reveals how the poetry of Mrs. Waldrop (pictured) contains layer upon layer, lines within lines, and periods that act simultaneously and interchangeably as cesurae and end stops.
I find the Waldrop approach to poetry refreshing and mind expanding (if not mind blowing). Each of her poems tells more than one story, achieves more than one purpose. The eye is forced back and forth, up and down, between and among her words, as thought after new thought is revealed, all without the use of imagery and metaphor. Subject and object become one or are interchangeable. The structure of her sentences becomes a kind of metaphor.
I couldn't wait to try my hand at a poem after the style of Waldrop. "Europa" is my first attempt. I am pleased with the result and intend to compose more, both speculative and mainstream.