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May 22, 2005

Anatole Lubovich

A Program of His Poetry and His Music

Anatole LubovichThe very enjoyable program featured HAGSA member and poet, Anatole Lubovich, in readings of his own poetry. Fellow members of the Sacramento Poetry Center workshop--Do Gentry, and Bonnie and Walter Rolen--accompanied him for two of his pieces.

He began with a reading of his sonnets, including "The Sense of Substance," villanelles, including "Camera Obscura," and several of his short poems in other formats. He recited "The Periodical Room," for which he won a first prize in a Berkeley poetry competition. These readings continued for most of the program.

After an intermission, he continued his readings, beginning with his "Ballad of Forked Tongue," in which he skewered religion, sexism, courts, war and selective indignation. This one involved his own drumming and responsive readings from his assistants. He also read "The Right Side of the Dash," "Pandemonium," "True Colors" and "Hush, My Little Angel." His poems show a consistent concern with humanism, reason (or the lack thereof), victims of injustice, especially Native Americans, and the crimes of governments.

Report prepared by Wayne Luney, Recorder

from Meyer Literature's
Glossary of Literary Terms

couplet: Two consecutive lines of poetry that usually rhyme and have the same meter. A heroic couplet is a couplet written in rhymed iambic pentameter.

quatrain: A four-line stanza. Quatrains are the most common stanzaic form in the English language; they can have various meters and rhyme schemes.

sestet: A stanza consisting of exactly six lines.

sonnet: A fixed form of lyric poetry that consists of fourteen lines, usually written in iambic pentameter. There are two basic types of sonnets, the Italian and the English. The Italian sonnet, also known as the Petrarchan sonnet, is divided into an octave, which typically rhymes abbaabba, and a sestet, which may have varying rhyme schemes. Common rhyme patterns in the sestet are cdecde, cdcdcd, and cdccdc. Very often the octave presents a situation, attitude, or problem that the sestet comments upon or resolves, as in John Keats's "On First Looking into Chapman's Homer." The English sonnet, also known as the Shakespearean sonnet, is organized into three quatrains and a couplet, which typically rhyme abab cdcd efef gg. This rhyme scheme is more suited to English poetry because English has fewer rhyming words than Italian. English sonnets, because of their four-part organization, also have more flexibility with respect to where thematic breaks can occur. Frequently, however, the most pronounced break or turn comes with the concluding couplet, as in Shakespeare's "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?"

tercet: A three-line stanza.

villanelle: A type of fixed form poetry consisting of nineteen lines of any length divided into six stanzas: five tercets and a concluding quatrain. The first and third lines of the initial tercet rhyme; these rhymes are repeated in each subsequent tercet (aba) and in the final two lines of the quatrain (abaa). Line 1 appears in its entirety as lines 6, 12 and 18, while line 3 reappears as lines 9, 15 and 19. Dylan Thomas's "Do not go gentle into that good night" is a villanelle.

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