Today, I’d like to challenge you 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 of the poem is the same as the first.Maureen Thorson at NaPoWriMo.net
We keep a sleeping bag between us.
Down shock-absorbs our dreams.
Down we walk, aboard our dream
mountain/spaceship, bobbing in clouds.
How your face shifts, bobbing in clouds.
Kicking pebbles down our dual hill into dim
flickering fables. Down. You will fill me in
when we awaken—what my shins and knees did.
Did you awaken from my spins—what these did
to your routes down your mountain? How my dream
boots found your mountain. How my dream’s
moose kicked your right hip—and your tale slipped
loose. Flipped your sky-ship. And your trail tripped—
though we keep a sleeping bag between us.