American Sonnets For My Past And Future Assassin
ISBN: 0143133187
EAN13: 9780143133186
Language: English
Release Date: Jun 19, 2018
Pages: 112
Dimensions: 0.3" H x 8.5" L x 5.5" W
Weight: 0.27 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Book Overview

Finalist for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry

One of the New York Times Critics' Top Books of 2018

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

Sonnets that reckon with Donald Trump's America. -The New York Times

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.

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   Poetry of insight and message
Each poem needs to be read again, re-read. Savored was born.
   Past, present, future
Deeply overwhelmingly deep. Indeed, these poems are modern and speak very much to and from the current moment, but also about the past and could be about the future. And what could one do with the pain? Through the journey, travel It has been discovered that the best way to combat sadness was to make your sadness a door.
   Terrance Hayes Does it Again!
Another shot from the park for the decorated poet Terrance Hayes!
   riveting book
Inside this small, important book, so much is hidden that its almost like a magic - trick.
   I love all Hayes' previous poetry but this book is a miss for me
I'm a huge fan of Wind in a Box and Lighthead '', in particular, but have been amazed by all Hayes'books until now. These feel rambling and unistinguished from each other and lack the tension and fire and insight that one finds in his other books. These also feel much more self-conscious.
   The Title Caught my Attention, the Beautiful Expressions of Pain and Injustice Kept Me
I really appreciated the tones and expressions of the author. Not everyday, I see complex colloquialisms embedded into African American sonnets. I read a few passages to my husband, who is not a reader and even if he wants to read this book.