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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.

In 70 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.

©2018 Terrance Hayes (P)2019 Tantor

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Genius ! Genuine!

WOW! Everything about this work is phenomenal! Beyond boundaries and limitation of words! Thank you!

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A tour of the inside of a Angry Black Man’s Mind and Heart that must be heard over and over again to digest the meaning of every well-chosen word and phrase.

It deserves Five Stars. I gave the Story Component only Four due to my inability to grasp some of the Sonnets, though the language was so great that I went back again and again. Take a chance on this Poet and read his other works.