‘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. Views expressed by individual poets and writers on this website and by commenters do not represent the views of the entire Society. The comments section on regular posts is meant to be a place for civil and fruitful discussion. Pseudonyms are discouraged. The individual poet or writer featured in a post has the ability to remove any or all comments by emailing submissions@ classicalpoets.org with the details and under the subject title “Remove Comment.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Related 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Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email.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.