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Poem Involving Words That Rhyme With Sand (2017) - By Justin Severn


SAND SAND SAND
Sand   sand   sand
SAND SAND SAND
Sand   sand   sand
SAND SAND SAND
Sand   sand   sand
SAND SAND SAND
Sand   sand   sand
SAND SAND SAND
Sand   sand   sand
SAND SAND SAND
Sand   sand   sand
SAND SAND SAND
Sand   sand   sand
SAND SAND SAND
Sand   sand   sand
CANNED RAND (PAUL)

Poem Involving Words That Rhyme With Sand - A Ten Year Retrospective on The Poems of Justin Severn, and Why They’re More Important Now Than Ever (By Ruthert J. Treinholt III)


Poem Involving Words that Rhyme with Sand is a postmodern masterpiece. The way PIWTRWS effortlessly pieces together raw emotion with evocative nature scenes is astonishing. In one fell swoop, esteemed author and strikingly handsome Pasco County Poet Laureate* Justin Severn uses text to represent a pastoral beach scene, all while making a cruel deconstructive joke about English-language poetry's over-reliance on rhyme. Positively sublime.

Perhaps Severn’s best trait was his ability to experiment with his craft. He was a master of subverting expectations. Just when you think you understood the rules of his composition, a small detail you thought insignificant breaks out and surprises you with its importance. Take, for instance, the layout of the text. Although most at the time thought undulating cases of the letters were indicative of texture, they actually oscillate along in a crude imitation of Morse code, this piece being a laconic SOS from the artist himself. Three simple dashes, and three simple dots, missed by all.

Although not often a political writer, Donald Trump’s reign gave rise to some of Severn’s most political pieces. For instance, PIWTRWS mentions Senator Paul Rand, making an incontrovertibly true take on how many Americans felt at the time. Save our souls indeed! The libertarian party is sorely missing an iconoclastic voice like Severn’s in the senate today. However, his spirit lives on, in all the works he inspired, most notably “Snooty” Directed by Truman Capote’s son.


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