Audio poem: “Pirouette”

 Year written: 2009
Collection:  White Sugar Man

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Pirouette

Beyond the house, the moon,
cresting the single pine,
is pale with listening
to branches creak, needles

whispering…whispering.
Whispering…whispering

in the bedroom, I rest
waiting for her return,
my mind whispering, Sleep,
the sun will bring her home.

6 Responses to “Audio poem: “Pirouette””

  1. Kyle Sundgren Says:

    To be a good writer is much more than just assembling clever words, you also have to be able to SEE things in a more poetic way. You clearly are seeing things differently than the rest of us with stuff like this.

    To be clear I meant to say you were in the good writing group. Not like, “Oh stupid Seth can’t see shit right, then he writes crap”. No. Not like that.

    That’s what I do. Take things one step further than they need to go.

    No, two steps. The phrase white sugar man make me giggle.

    • sethdellinger Says:

      Why thank you, Kyle! High praise indeed! And there’s nothing better than when you take things two steps too far!

      “White Sugar Man” made me giggle when I thought of it, too. I was trying to come up with a title for the collection, and I thought I wanted something badass like “Brown Sugar” or “Cinammon Girl”…then “White Sugar Man” came to me, and I realized it was the opposite of badass but also really freaking awesome. :)

  2. I know I’ve asked you before, but could you tell me again about the title of this one? What exactly the significance is?

    btw this is by far the best audio rendition I’ve heard of any of these audio poems. It gave me goosebumps. and I Feel as if I inderstand the poem better for having listened to it, and the way you said the *whisperings*. Plus the way you said the last few lines were chilling. It’s been one of my favorites since this collection came out and now I like it even more.

    • sethdellinger Says:

      The Pirouette is actually a “form” of a poem. I have written a textbook one here, to boot. It is to have that repetitive two line middle stanza, with two four-line stanzas both above and below it (although I suppose you could make those two bookend stanzas any length you want). The middle stanza is to be the same word repeated four times, with each line belonging to it’s respective stanza, as far as it’s meaning is concerned. In addition, it is a “syllabic” structure (a structure based on syllables); in the Pirouette, each line must be 6 syllables—even the middle two “turn” lines. Aside from simple structure, the poem is also to “turn” in meaning in the middle (preferably between the two center repeated lines, if you can get that exact)…hence the “pirouette”. I’ll see if I can find a wikipedia entry or something to link you to, as I don’t feel as though I’ve adequately explained it, but the poem itself should explain how the form works. I kept the form as it’s title for two reasons: most poets who don’t work often in form often title their rare form poems with the form type (most notably see John Updike’s “Villanelle”), and the word “pirouette” itself seemed especially well-lent to the poem and the content; the delicacy, the concept of a metaphorical “dance”, ie a problmeatic relationship, and a sudden turn-around. And finally, to answer the question I know you have really wanted to ask since I first e-mailed you this poem two years ago, no, it is not about you!!! Ha!

      Thank you for the kind words about the reading. It is not an easy one! This is one of the rare audio poems that I actually practiced quite a few times before recording. I couldn’t find an example ANYWHERE of someone else reading a Pirouette, so I just read the content, if you will. Wow this comment has gotten out-of-hand wordy! Sorry!

      • sethdellinger Says:

        To be clear, I am not trying to brag by saying my Pirouette is textbook. I did not mean in “quality”, just in the exact nature of the form.

  3. Thanks for that long explanation! Of course now I totally remember it, you told me all that before!

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