American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin


Terrance Hayes


Finalist for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award in PoetryOne of the New York Times Critics’ Top Books of 2018A 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 TimesIn 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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