Today, I’d like to challenge you to write a “duplex.” A “duplex” is a variation on the sonnet, developed by the poet Jericho Brown. Here’s one of his first “Duplex” poems, and here is a duplex written by the poet I.S. Jones. Like a typical sonnet, a duplex has fourteen lines. It’s organized into seven, two-line stanzas. The second line of the first stanza is echoed by (but not identical to) the first line of the second stanza, the second line of the second stanza is echoed by (but not identical to) the first line of the third stanza, and so on. The last line of the poem is the same as the first. Happy Writing! – Maureen Thorson
Another new poetry form to try.❤❤❤ A duplex, no less.
A Duplex on the Ukraine War
You can't disguise an invasive war
By calling it a special operation; Putin's roar.
His rhetoric, nuclear threats, Putin's roar,
Is like a bear with a sore head.
Should a bear with a sore head be in charge?
Of an audacious, bloody land grab?
Land grabbing in a bloody war to annihilate Ukraine.
The Ukraine army will fight for homeland, family and freedom.
The men and women of Ukraine will fight for their homeland to be free.
They are brave and inspired by a charismatic leader.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy has a brave, inspiring leadership.
He has most of Nato on his side and supplying armaments.
He is fighting for freedom and democracy for all f us.
You can't disguise an invasive war.