Needless to say I didn't aim to leave my blog unattended for quite so long, but a situation beyond my control arose. Hopefully I'll be back to regular updates before too long, before the weeds completely take over around here!
Since no one has guessed who the "rhetorical serpent" comment was about, it was aimed at C. K. Williams. I've been reading his work for a project and realized (through critical commentary) that he actually uses a double pentameter line quite often. I've been reading a lot of poets who I always thought of as "free verse" but I see more and more formal elements in their work as I become more aware and more familiar. "No verse is free. . ." as the saying goes.
Hope your summer is less eventful than mine.