- Title: Sonnets
- Author: Bernadette Mayer
- ISBN: 9780927920001
- Page: 163
- Format: Paperback
Recent Comments "Sonnets"
This is a classic collection from one of the New York School (and Language) poets. Mayer messes with syntax and line breaks, forcing you to grapple with language in unfamiliar and, thus, renewing ways. This collection takes the 14 line sonnet as its ostensible formal conceit, but these are not your mother's (or father's) sonnets:"Retrograde aspects of low-cop non-election-year/ Participation might mean putting your bracelets/ Guatelmalan on early in the evening to avoid the/ Footsteps of the man [...]
In this absolutely masterful collection Mayer does things to the sonnet that would make any middle school English teacher (rightly) nervous - this is the sonnet broken down, rearranged and turned into something completely new, revolutionary and absolutely wonderful. Absolutely essential work from one of the modern era's best poets!
skews twee sometimes, but overall successful--one of the best collections I've read recently
Some of these I really liked and the others were difficult to push through. With this particular edition, I enjoyed getting some background and insight - from the editor and the poet.
Love this book!
About half of these are brilliant. The others--not quite so much. Well worth getting, if you can find it.
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