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Hello, dVerse Poets wherever you are! It’s Merril, and I’m hosting the dVerse pub today. It’s afternoon here in New Jersey, where we’re having a warm and breezy October day, but maybe the sun is setting now in your part of the world? Perhaps you’re about to set down your work to pick up your poetic pen? Open your mind, what you think is not set in stone. Or is it? Kevin Carey manages to use this clichéd phrase in an evocative way in his poem here.

Yes, you guessed it–the word is set. After all, I used the word “rise” for a previous quadrille, so it’s only fair to now set.

“My course is set for an uncharted sea.”

–Dante Alighieri, “Paradiso,” The Divine Comedy

Set your poetic course and use the word set—or some form of the word–in our unique dVerse form, the quadrille. If you’re new to dVerse or the quadrille, it’s simply a poem of 44 words, excluding the title. It can be in any form, rhymed or unrhymed, metered, or unmetered. You can write a haibun quadrille, too. Just make certain your total wordcount is exactly 44 words. You MUST use the word “set” or some form of it in your poem.

Got it? Then, you’re all set.

When you’re ready, post your poem, and add your link to Mr Linky below so that everyone can find it. Read the poems of others. You may be surprised by all the wonderful poets here at dVerse, and everyone appreciates it when others read their work and leave a comment. It may take me awhile, but I will get to everyone!