SestinaWatch Vol. 1: Algebra, Tumblr, Heresies, and Judith Barrington

Sestina HQ (also known as Daniel Nester's Office)

Sestina HQ (also known as Daniel Nester’s Office)Hi Sestina-istas! Alex the Intern here, bringing you the latest happenings in the world of sestinas.

Greetings, Sestina-istas! Alex the Intern here, bringing you the latest happenings in the world of sestinas.

Here at Sestina HQ, we  are obsessed with all things sestina. In addition to bringing you behind-the-scenes access to The Incredible Sestina Anthology, we feel it is our job to make your sestina-senses tingle. We promise to scour the web and bring you all things sestina. I’m talking sestinas about everything and anything. Sestina lovers will be united and we will all be one step closer to sestina world domination.

Whether you’re a newbie to the world of sestina or a seasoned sestina veteran, we’re happy to have you in our Incredible Sestinas universe. We’re always looking for new material and suggestions. If you’re a published poet, an aspiring blogger, or simply just a sestina-phile, we’d love your suggestions. Comment below with a blog, a poem, or a video that you think should be featured on the Incredible Sestinas website, or email us at incrediblesestinas[at] And please give us a follow so you can stay up-to-date on our sestina-licious world!

In this first SestinaWatch after the jump: we have a book for lovers of algebra and of sestinas, original poetry, a revolutionary idea going down in Georgia, and much more!’s poem of the day, “Sestina of the Tramp-Royale” by Rudyard Kipling.

A couple weeks ago The New York Times reviewed David Tammet’s new book Thinking in Numbers. There is a whole chapter of the book dedicated to poetry, including (drum roll, please) sestinas.

On the other end of the spectrum is  Hans Orsom, who wrote the “Baseball Sestina” in 2007. In 2010, he uploaded a recording of his poem.

Sestinas are taking over Tumblr as well! This past summer there was a poetry challenge on the blog and these are 3 of the sestinas collected from the site: “What We Learn to Make,” “On the occasion of My In-Laws Moving from Western New York to Virgina Beach,” and “Job Application 5.”

Here’s an Original Sestina from by Anna Pinelle. Figment is a website where people go to post their original stories, poems, and other writing.

Yahoo! Voices wants to know: What kind of sestina poet are you?

Sestinas come in all shapes, colors and, as Julia Alvarez teaches us, languages. Here’s a link to her excellent “Bilingual Sestina.”

Check out “The Shrinking Lonesome Sestina” by Miller Williams here before you see it in The Incredible Sestina Anthology. A little shameless self-promotion never hurt anyone.

Speaking of promotion, we here at Incredible Sestinas want to give a shout-out to fellow blog KMith’s Little Garden of Heresies. Every Sunday, you can find a new original sestina in the garden, written under the title Sestina Sundays. My favorite is the most recent one, “Sestina to My Thighs.”

In this autumn’s Red Rose Review is Judith Barrington’s “Sestina at the Maldron Hotel, Ireland.” If you weren’t convinced by the pumpkin lattes and cardigans that it is in fact autumn, this poem will make you feel the crispness in the air.

And that’s it for this first SestinaWatch! More to come, so stay tuned!

2 responses to “SestinaWatch Vol. 1: Algebra, Tumblr, Heresies, and Judith Barrington

  1. Hey there, thanks for the mention – I’m honored to be included! And so glad that I found this page! Can’t wait to pick up a copy of the book! 🙂

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