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So sorry I’m late posting. I haven’t figured out how to schedule a post, and I’m still busy kidding. Here it is a bit late…
Welcome back to Saturday’s Mix. Today we’re looking at that good ole “What if” question. It’s the genre of alternate history. How would the world be different if the American Revolution had not been successful? How would my life be different if I’d decided not to go to college? There’s an infinite number of “What if” scenarios. What if the wild west had not been tamed? Tell us your alternate history story in 250 words or less.
If you prefer, you might want to try it in poetry form. The sestina might be a good fit for this type of writing. It has six, six-line stanzas. The end word of each line in the first stanza are repeated as the end words of the following stanzas, but in a different order. The final stanza is only three lines, but it uses all six of the repeated words. There are two in each line–one in the middle, and one at the end. Below is the order for the repeated words.
1 2 3 4 5 6
6 1 5 2 4 3
3 6 4 1 2 5
5 3 2 6 1 4
4 5 1 3 6 2
2 4 6 5 3 1
(6 2) (1 4) (5 3)
Following is an example of the sestina.
The Guest Ellen at the Supper for Street People
BY DAVID FERRY
That cast upon her the spell of this enchantment.
In the quotidian of unending torment.
Helpless, still by the unforgotten event
The narrative of the spirits of the unclean.
And lived in her in torment and cried out in her voice.
Seeking out Ellen, finding its home in her poor body.
Unclean is the nature and name of the enchantment.
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