Background Notes to Left Unknown
Don’t worry that there will always be things left unknown.
Some things I speak of in my poetry, I won’t want to talk about. It won’t mean there’s anything bad I’m hiding from you. Please don’t fill the void with anything.
The major repeton of the first triolet returns as the minor repeton of the second triolet. The result almost echoes the tap-tap-tap of a villanelle but in contrast to the left-right-left-right marching out of the repetons in a villanelle, this linked double triolet gives its repetitions more of a woven loop.
Maggie says I should maybe be calling this what we’ve tagged it here: a “Triolet Redoublé.”
I’m going with her advice. I don’t remember any of this from before, only what I can figure out from having David reading it all back to me since. But from that and all my notes, I was exploring this extension of the triolet after Maggie had posted poems such as Partly Over You, which took the idea of linked triolets to a deliciously extreme edge.