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Open “Stravinsky’s Muse” by Mark C. Marino
This hypertext narrative poem about a love triangle is structured by words arranged on concentric circles. Each circle contains two or three words that are either binary opposites or aspects in a relationship, or two as this case seems to be. An important circle is created by three ancient words that denote different kinds of love— Eros, Agape, and Platonic— each of which is progressively less physical and increasingly ideal. As Marino starts placing “wheels within wheels” (teacher and student, wife and friend, she and her), he encourages readers to explore the combinations of these elements and how they reveal the story. One of the pleasures of this poem can be found in the top left hand square, where definitions of the words are displayed. These sometimes hilarious definitions, real or inventive, offer constructive juxtapositions with the overall narrative and with texts displayed in the other spaces of the poem.