Saturday, February 02, 2008

"It was easy," I said.

There's a connection insisting its way in here, try as I will to stop it. My spellcheck red-flags "Villanelle," and one of the alternatives it offers is "Spillane."

There has to be a villanelle in that somewhere, and I'll work on it -- even though the trochee-iamb of "Mickey Spillane" is unpromising - maybe anapests? Or a catelectic line with a two-unstressed-syllable patter?

This is the story of Mickey Spillane

...that sort of thing?

Anyway, connections between poetry and Mickey Spillane won't let go of me. I'm working on a series of chapbooks based on film noir stills, and I suddenly remembered I had done a series based on Mickey Spillane paperback covers. I wondered if I could find them in a file somewhere, so I Google-Desktopped "Spillane," and the first place I was directed to was a list of literary contemporaries of Donald Justice.

"How c-could you?" she gasped.
I only had a moment before talking to a corpse, but I got it in.
"It was easy," I said.


Mike Snider said...

"Mickey Spillane" is metrically a very common first pair of feet for the first line of a sonnet or any IP form, Tad.

More than a third of Shakespeare's first 20:

III: Look in thy glass
VII: Lo! in the orient
VIII: Music to hear
XIII: O! that you were
XIV: Not from the stars
XVII: Who will believe
XIX:Devouring Time

And I'm looking forward to your noir poem(s).

Mike Snider said...

"Devouring time" apparently devoured my ear. That one's standard iamb/iamb.

Tad Richards said...

You're right, of course. I was thinking of it at the end of a line, where the trochaic substitution in the penultimate foot can often sound more forced.

Unless, as I say, it's dactyl/anapest time:

I'll sing you the true tale of Billy the Kid,

I'll sing you the deeds that this young outlaw did....

Tad Richards said...

Noir for the moment, until I figure out what to with Mickey Spillane, is left to my drawings.

Another project I'm mulling over -- adapting Thomas Hardy as cowboy poetry.