Monday, December 2, 2013

Review of "Hotel Couplets" by Lisa Robertson

"Hotel Couplets" by Lisa Robertson, a teacher at the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam, Germany, was offered by Poets.org's Poem-A-Day on December 2, 2013.  A link to the poem, including the poet's notes, may be found here:

http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/23787?utm_source=PAD%3A+Hotel+Couplets+by+Lisa+Robertson&utm_campaign=poemaday_120213&utm_medium=email

The poet reveals in her notes that she composed "Hotel Couplets" in a hotel in Brighton accompanied by the sounds of the sea and music from an arcade.  The poem is made up of sixteen "couplets" of wildly varying length and rhythm.  Some "couplets" are so long that they are presented in as many as four lines.  All but two of the couplets are stand-alone; the seventh continues into the eighth providing a bridge between the first and second halves of the poem.  The topics of the couplets vary widely and apparently randomly.  Each must have some personal meaning to the poet.

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