American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin

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American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin


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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