MFA alumnae, Annabelle Moseley, in the news for her poetry form, The Mirror Sonnet

Submitted by Carolyn Arnold on July 16, 2012

Annabelle Moseley, a graduate of the MFA in Creative Writing at Fairfield University, has surprised the poetry world with her unique style and is creating a stir in national poetry circles.

Poet and Master of Forms, Lewis Turco, was recently struck by Moseley’s innovative poem “Noah” after being asked to analyze the poem’s form.  “Noah” is composed of two sonnets.  The second sonnet, forming a mirror image of the first though in reverse order, is written from the bottom up.  Turco was impressed enough to declare Moseley the creator and innovator of the “mirror sonnet” and discussed it on his blog, Odd and Invented Forms in “Form of the Week 5: The Mirror Sonnet (7/8/2012) found here.

Moseley, who is the author of several books of poetry as well as the founder and editor of String Poet, a literary journal where poetry and music meet, repeats this form in another poem: “The Sea Cave of My Mother” included in her newly published book The Clock of the Long Now

A 2012 Pushcart Prize nominee, Moseley has published hundreds of poems in journals both nationally and internationally and in April 2011, her poem “Breakable” was one of 12 chosen by O, The Oprah Magazine, from a field of thousands, to be featured on Moseley is also a lecturer at St. Joseph’s College and teaches poetry workshops at the Walt Whitman Birthplace.

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