Having recently experienced a rather intriguing encounter with the sestina, here’s what I’ve got so far to launch my set on the form, with further members of the set to be added as encountered, perhaps also some additional notes eventually —

  1. Ashbery, JohnFarm Implements and Rutabagas in a Landscape [Poetry Foundation]
  2. Ashbery, JohnThe Painter [Poetry Out Loud]
  3. Beasley, SandraLet Me Count the Waves [Poetry Foundation]
  4. Beasley, SandraSestina Inviting My Sister to Become a Pirate [Verse Daily]
  5. Bishop, ElizabethSestina [Poem of the Day]
  6. Blasi, DanielSestina Written in Key West [Asheville Poetry Review]
  7. Cantor, Michael — Buster and Etta [Tilt-a-Whirl]
  8. Cummins, James — Freud []
  9. Daniel, ArnautCledisat 9 [The firm will that my heart enters] [Arnaut Daniel: Complete Works] The earliest known surviving sestina.
  10. France, Linda — Klingon Sestina [Verse Daily]
  11. Gilman, Charlotte Anna Perkins — Homes [Poetry Foundation]
  12. Goldbarth, AlbertSestina: As There Are Support Groups, There Are Support Words [Poetry Foundation]
  13. Guenette, Matthew — Sestina Aguilera [Verse Daily] Showing how far convention may be stretched without breaking form.
  14. Hauser, Margery — Grammaticum Vitae [Tilt-a-Whirl]
  15. Heaney, SeamusTwo Lorries [The Poetry Archive]
  16. Hong, Cathy Park — O Light, Red Light [McSweeney’s]
  17. Howard-Hobson, Juleigh — Invocation to the Dawn [Tilt-a-Whirl]
  18. Kann, RachelPandora Sestina [The Nervous Breakdown]
  19. Kipling, RudyardSestina of the Tramp-Royal [Poetry Foundation]
  20. Lehman, DavidOperation Memory []
  21. Lehman, DavidSestina [Verse Daily] Cycling through six poets!
  22. Mann, RandallThe Mortician in San Francisco [How a Poem Happens]
  23. Meredith, WilliamThe Jain Bird Hospital in Delhi [Poetry Foundation]
  24. Pound, Ezra — Sestina: Altaforte []
  25. Raymond, Monica — Sestina with Random Peace Words [Verse Daily]
  26. Riegel, Katherine — Need: A Sestina [PoetryNet]
  27. Schwartz, LloydSix Words []
  28. Sherl, Gregory — Sestina for Your Dead Heart [Linebreak]
  29. Shoard, MattSelf-Conscious Sestina [3:AM Magazine]
  30. Sidney, PhilipYe Goat-herd Gods [About: Poetry] A double sestina, recognized as the earliest English sestina.
  31. Sutphen, JoyceKitchen Sestina [Tilt-a-Whirl]
  32. Swinburne, Algernon CharlesSestina [Poetry Foundation]
  33. Swinburne, Algernon CharlesThe Complaint of Lisa [Poetry Foundation] Generally referred to as a “double sestina.”
  34. Williams, MillerThe Shrinking Lonesome Sestina [Poem of the Day]

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