Gilbertson, Dawn, ‘Saintly Serenity’, The Arizona Republic, 12 April 2014, section Exploring Arizona, p. D1
Write a sonnet sourced from lines found in newspaper articles. You may choose your own sonnet type ( Examples here) and should feel free to be creative with the rules. One known Oulipo variation is “sonnets of variable length,” in which one must compose a sonnet in which the lines are either as short as possible or as long as possible.
So — what I really wanted to do here was to find fourteen lines of iambic pentameter, and arrange them in a gripping narrative in the form of an Italian sonnet, rhyme scheme, volta, and all. But this is what I got. The left side is sourced mostly from a story on a peaceful Arizona monastery (dressed up a bit with snips from other stories), and the right side is entirely composed of fragments from horoscopes for the day.
Is it a sonnet? Well, it has 14 lines. Or two sets of 14 lines, depending on how you read it. And I think it has a volta, a turn, at the end of the twelfth line, with the last two lines offering some sort of resolution or summing up to the prior lines. That’s my sonnet, and I’m sticking to it.
I grew up an Episcopalian, with Holy Week traditions. My mother’s policy was, if you didn’t attend either Maundy Thursday or Good Friday services, you didn’t have any business show up on Easter. If you aren’t up on terminology, Holy Week is the week before Easter, which actually begins tomorrow, and “stations” refers to Stations of the Cross, physical stations placed on a route around a church interior or church grounds. The stations are used during Holy Week to remember each stage in the passion (suffering) of Jesus. New “steel stations” adorn the grounds of the monastery described in today’s story.
I won’t attempt to define horoscope for you. I guess I figure if you don’t know, you are better off.