‘Bound Verse’ by Alan Nordstrom The Society July 2, 2015 Culture, Poetry 2 Comments Bound verse, ironically, is quite unbound, For writing it you have nothing to say, Since sense comes after you have sought a sound As line by line you pace your measured way. Perhaps a general notion of a theme Sets off your march across the empty page As your mind slides into a state like dream Or like a spooky spell cast by a mage. The form itself provokes this impetus, While something in your brain seeks cogency As each line finds its sonic terminus Where sound and sense seem destined to agree. The paradox is that by being bound Your verse allows new vistas to be found. Alan Nordstrom is a Professor of English at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. He is the Society’s 2012 Poetry Competition Winner. Featured Image: “Clipper Ship ‘Golden West’ of Boston, Outward Bound” by William Bradford. NOTE: The Society considers this page, where your poetry resides, to be your residence as well, where you may invite family, friends, and others to visit. Feel free to treat this page as your home and remove anyone here who disrespects you. Simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Put “Remove Comment” in the subject line and list which comments you would like removed. The Society does not endorse any views expressed in individual poems or comments and reserves the right to remove any comments to maintain the decorum of this website and the integrity of the Society. Please see our Comments Policy here. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) 2 Responses Reid McGrath July 2, 2015 My sentiments exactly in “Creativity Requires a Cave,” Alan, although you say it much better than I do. I have been meaning to write a poem like this for a while: a sort of meta-poem which is an explication and instruction-manual on how a poem is manufactured. But you have beaten me to it! Bravo! It is good to see your name on here again. It has been a little while… No? Reply The Society July 5, 2015 You might like these Nordstrom poems, Reid: http://classicalpoets.org/excerpts-from-versology-by-alan-nordstrom/ Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.