Word List

I made a list of 66 words to use as the basis for the collaboration with Suzanne Vilmain (see below). The trick was to find expressive words that weren’t in a relationship with each other. I also asked my friend, the poet Michel G. Smith, for some of his favorites to add in as needed.I didn’t want just interesting words. I wanted things that grew out of conversations with Suzanne. But also words that didn’t cluster.
It was a fun exercise! You could try it and take just six for a sestina.

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mosaic
autodidactic
icon
valium
regressive
bolster
arbitrage
indigo
true
invasive

refuse
inflammatory
stalked
hematite
alphabetical
break
gamble
neon
vinca
amniotic

disorder
betrayed
secrete
bet
caul
enter
flax
secrecy
luck
overdose

removal
domesticate
false
apotheosis
raindrop
redundant
veil
risk
random
veronica

saint
sap
apology
lovesick
mahjong
elemental
groundcover
mint
cobalt
membrane
oasis
narrative
nautilus
gossip

revert
debris
sport
cube
aperiodic
echo

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