Today’s prompt was the challenge to write a “duplex.” A “duplex” is a variation on the sonnet, developed by the poet Jericho Brown. Here’s one of his first “Duplex” poems, and here is a duplex written by the poet I.S. Jones.
Like a typical sonnet, a duplex has fourteen lines. It’s organized into seven, two-line stanzas. The second line of the first stanza is echoed by (but not identical to) the first line of the second stanza, the second line of the second stanza is echoed by (but not identical to) the first line of the third stanza, and so on. The last line (or two) of the poem is the same as the first.
This is based on a true story. One day, if the mood seems right, over coffee and croissants, I will share the rest of the story with you.
Come on by and let’s make a date for coffee.
What I remember most is the ocean releasing—
crisp, cool breezes and a bevy of blues.
You left me there by the stony beach—blues
and greens assault my senses, I cannot look away
A way off in the distance your boat lurches
But not as much as my heart when she slips
Slips slowly under the water, eyes wide open
Open arms floating just beneath the surface
The surface of the water explodes
With my crazed frenzy. Panic rising
Rising until bile is all I taste, but somehow, somehow…
My memory is blurred but I remember—
crisp, cool breezes and a bevy of blues;
what I remember most is the ocean.