American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin

American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin

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"A powerful, timely, dazzling collection of sonnets from one of America's most acclaimed poets, Terrance Hayes, the National Book Award winning author of Lighthead In seventy poems bearing the same title, Terrance Hayes explores the meanings of American, of assassin, and of love in the sonnet form. Written during the first two hundred days of the Trump presidency, these poems are haunted by the country's past and future eras and errors, its dreams and nightmares. Inventive, compassionate, hilarious, melancholy, and bewildered--the wonders of this new collection are irreducible and stunning"-- Provided by publisher.
"In seventy poems bearing the same title, Terrance Hayes explores the meanings of American, of assassin, and of love in the sonnet form. These poems are haunted by the country's past and future eras and errors, its dreams and nightmares"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, New York : Penguin Books, [2018]
ISBN: 9780143133186
0143133187
Characteristics: 91 pages ; 22 cm

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karlarixon
Feb 25, 2020

The premise of American Sonnets For My Past and Future Assassin is interesting: a book of sonnets, all with the same title, or perhaps a book-length poem composed of many sonnets like leaves compose a tree. I think mostly it works. The sonnets are intricately crafted, full of language that pops and crackles and themes that interweave between lines and poems. Recurring words, phrases, ideas and characters tie the book together as an aesthetic whole, although without a narrative arc. This is an ambitious project, and Hayes pulls it off.

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