Elisa Gabbert is the author of three books of poetry. The Word Pretty, a collection of essays, has just been published.
 (December 2018)

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That Formal Feeling

A.E. Stallings, Athens, Greece, 2011

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by A.E. Stallings

American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin

by Terrance Hayes
In a recent thread about sonnets on Twitter, the poet and critic Dana Levin remarked that traditional forms “have resurged.” She added, “Why is that? Is it the way it can hold all our screaming?” When we feel helpless, do metrical forms offer the illusion of control? Or are we drawn to tradition itself, because it’s familiar, and therefore comforting?