American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin

Finalist, National Book Awards 2018 for Poetry

American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin by Terrance Hayes book cover
ISBN 9780143133186
Penguin Books / Penguin Random House
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Terrance Hayes

Terrance Hayes is the author of Lighthead, Winner of the 2010 National Book Award and finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. His other books are Wind In a Box, Hip Logic, and Muscular Music. His honors include a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a 2014 MacArthur Fellowship. More about this author >

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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.


Mahogany L. Browne reads for Terrance Hayes at the 2018 National Book Awards Finalists Reading