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Sestina by Ciara Shuttleworth

The sestina has long been one of my favorite forms of poetry, in part because of how constrained it is, and inside of that constraint, a really good sestina can perform some magical poetic alchemy. Even inside loving sestinas as I do, I am (and plenty of other people are) utterly gobsmacked by this one, which ran in last week's New Yorker:

Sestina by Ciara Shuttleworth

You
used
to
love
me
well.

Well,
you—
me—
used
love
to …

to …
well …
love.
You
used
me.

Me,
too,
used …
well …
you.
Love,

love
me.
You,
too
well
used,

used
love
well.
Me,
Too.
You!

You used
to love
me well.
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