Sunday, January 16, 2005

blue suede bouts-rimés

Hey bloggerissimo,

Do you ever dream of Piercings in June?
Arrive on stress?
Compose adversely to the moon?
Is your favorite period obsess?

Have a shimmery like a snake?
Are you leaf, limb, climb and moot?
Do you shave your cake
& eat its beaut?

Bloggerissimo, do you love a good juke as much as the next Garbo?
When asked to come in early, do you play
the hobo,
stray as home and take a day-

trip down the rhinestone?
O my bloggerissimo, do you too like the triste of your own cologne?

Yes? Excellent! Here's a gamely challenge from the good folks out on the COURT GREEN:
"For the Spring 2006 issue of the new poetry annual COURT GREEN, we are accepting submissions of bouts-rimés.

As Ron Padgett says in his Handbook of Poetic Forms, A bouts-rimés poem is created by one person's making up a list of rhymed words and giving it to another person, who in turn writes the lines that end with those rhymes, in the same order in which they were given. Various sources attribute the invention of bouts-rimés to the French poet Dulot in the seventeenth century. In 1701, Etienne Mallemans wrote a collection of sonnets whose rhymes were chosen by the Duchess of Maine. In the mid-1800s, brothers William Michael Rossetti and Dante Gabriel Rossetti experimented with bouts-rimés. In 1864, Alexandre Dumas curated a volume of bouts-rimés composed by 350 French poets -- all with the same rhymes.

In the spirit of Dumas's invitation, we are accepting submissions of bouts-rimés sonnets written with the following end-rhymes (in the following order):


All themes and subjects are welcome as long as your sonnet uses these end-rhymes in the order they appear above.

Submissions of bouts-rimés sonnets for consideration in the dossier can be sent through May 1, 2005: Tony Trigilio, COURT GREEN, English Department, Columbia College Chicago, 600 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60605. Email submissions are not accepted. Submissions without a self-addressed, stamped envelope will not be returned.

COURT GREEN is a new, nationally distributed journal co-edited by Arielle Greenberg, Tony Trigilio, and David Trinidad. Each issue will have a Dossier on a special topic or theme. The first issue is out now and features a Dossier on poetry on film, and includes poems by Ann Lauterbach, Michael Burkard, Elizabeth Willis, Maxine Kumin, Mary Szybist, Albert Goldbarth, Ron Padgett, Dodie Bellamy, Wayne Koestenbaum and others. Issue #2 (out by April 2005) features a Dossier on Lorine Niedecker.

Submissions of poetry for the regular section of the magazine are welcome, in addition to Dossier submissions. If you would like to submit poems for the regular section, our reading period is February 1-May 1 of each year, to the same address above.

If questions come up, email Tony Trigilio at"
This blogger hath read the first isse of COURT GREEN with much pleased her. O my bloggerissimo, put on your blue suede bouts-rimés & let's bowl!


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