2018 National Book Award Longlist, Poetry

Terrance Hayes

American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin by Terrance Hayes
American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin
(Penguin Books / Penguin Random House)
ISBN: 9780143133186

ABOUT THE BOOK (from the publisher)

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.

About the Author

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. How To Be Drawn, his most recent collection of poems, was a Finalist for the 2015 National Book Award and received the 2016 NAACP Image Award for Poetry.


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