Background Notes — Stand a Chance
Lately Sara has us all writing curtal sonnets. And some caudate sonnets. Pages of sonnets that are connected with the curtals and caudates. Along with extensions and variations that stretch the edges of the form out where almost anything looks like a distant relative of a basic sonnet.
Like her first article on the sestina and a second sestina article we’ve not yet published, Sara has written an extensive essay on her explorations into sonnet variations. Given our current circumstances, she wants to hold off publishing that essay for now. But she’s still active enough to be inspiring our writing efforts by her own.
Maggie was my main collaborator on this one. I’ve posted the second major variation.