Urge to share this poem, A.E. Stallings' wonderful "Triolet on a Line Apocryphally Attributed to Martin Luther" -
"Why should the Devil get all the good tunes,
The booze and the neon and Saturday night,
The swaying in darkness, the lovers like spoons?
Why should the Devil get all the good tunes?
Does he hum them to while away sad afternoons
And the long, lonesome Sundays? Or sing them for spite?
Why should the Devil get all the good tunes,
The booze and the neon and Saturday night?
A. (Alicia) E. Stallings was born in 1968. She grew up in Decatur, GA, and was educated at the University of Georgia and Oxford University in classics. Her poetry has appeared in The Best American Poetry (1994 & 2000) and has received numerous awards, including a Pushcart Prize (Pushcart Prize Anthology XXII), the 1997 Eunice Tietjens Prize from Poetry and the third annual James Dickey Prize from Five Points. She also serves as an editor for the Atlanta Review. A finalist for both the Yale Younger Series & Walt Whitman Award, her first poetry collection, Archaic Smile, was awarded the 1999 Richard Wilbur Award by Dana Gioia, and is published by the University of Evansville Press. She is currently at work on a verse translation of Lucretius' De Rerum Natura. She resides in Athens, Greece with her husband, John Psaropoulos, editor of the Athens News.
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