Two poetic voices are featured this week – one that uses physical form to underscore the theme, and other that uses the metaphor of flowers to apply to relationships and life.
What the reader immediately notices with The Arranged Marriage by Jehanne Dubrow is the form of the poems – each of the 54 poems is line-justified, suggesting a very tight control of the form. That virtually all of the poems relation to the poet’s mother, tied to this tight controlling form, serves to heighten and enhance the theme of an arranged marriage, including overtones of violence and abuse. Even something as seemingly innocent as a photograph of a child playing dress-up becomes something unsettling.
To continue reading, please see my post today at Tweetspeak Poetry.