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Finalist for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry

One of the New York Times Critics'' Top Books of 2018

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

"Sonnets that reckon with Donald Trump''s America." -The New York Times


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.

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“Hayes set himself the challenge of writing political poems in the guise of love poems.  Each one is distinct:  Some are sermons, some are swoons.  They are acrid with tear gas, and they unravel with desire . . . These poems play with different registers, but they return to lamentation, to annihilating grief for ‘all the black people I’m tired of losing,’ one narrator says.” – Parul Sehgal, The New York Times

“A diary of survival during a period when black men are in constant danger . . . This is one of the deepest accounts I have read in poetry of what it feels like to have one’s body fetishized as an object but criminalized as a force.” – Dan Chiasson, The New Yorker

“The right poetry collection for right now . . . Hayes’ writing demonstrates a serious commitment to revising, extending, and advancing American poetry while recording, celebrating, and mourning black American life.  These aesthetic and intellectual preoccupations also charge American Sonnets.” –Walton Muyumba, The Los Angeles Times

American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin is a gift in a fraught moment. These sonnets, existential, political, personal, retain a moral ferocity and urgency . . . Hayes’ inhabits the deeply troubling historical moment.  But these poems are timeless, by which I mean these sonnets annihilate any difference between past and future."  – Faraz Rizvi, The Millions

“Hayes reinvigorates a classic form . . . [he] examines what it means to be an American, to belong, and how it feels to be haunted and hunted by violent racism . . . expect to be challenged on nearly every page.” – Elizabeth Lund, The Washington Post
 
“Overwhelming in every sense.  Overwhelming in its brilliance, yes, but also overwhelming in its pacing, its style . . . The book, despite its breadth and clever turns, is a confrontation . . . His poems are like the slow and steady picking of a lock, until the door handle clicks.” – Hanif Abdurraqib, Poets and Writers

"You will find all of [Hayes''s] signature pleasures and provocations in this new collection: dense lyricism, associative word play, the political, the interpersonal, explorations and interrogations of race and gender and sex and the body and violence and power and history and time."  Kenyon Review 

"A wild work, effervescent and despondent, Hayes’s collection of sonnets reminds us that the mastery of time is one of poetry’s important functions, though sonnets only buy it back in hasty fourteen-line bursts.” – Dan Chiasson, The New Yorker, "The Poetry I was Grateful for in 2018"

“[Hayes] speaks with urgency and authority, bearing witness to the absurdities and cruelties of the present moment . . . [ American Sonnets] doesn’t just combine style and substance; style becomes substance . . . These poems reminded me what poetry is capable of: of being revelatory and inscrutable all at once, of speaking truth to power—but speaking it slant.” —Tara McEvoy, The Guardian

“Pain and poignancy collide in this collection of seventy sonnets . . . perhaps the takeaway of Mr. Hayes’ work here is that what lies in between is heart – a pounding of poems that stays in the chest long after the pages are set down. These poems stay with me, they linger, they poke and ask questions, and this is the book’s success.  What more can one ask from poetry?” – Cameron Barnett, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
 
“Hayes addresses this marvelous series of 70 free-verse sonnets to his potential assassin: a nameless, faceless embodiment of America’s penchant for racially motivated violence. The poems are redolent of his signature rhythmic artistry and wordplay . . . Inventive as ever, Hayes confronts America’s myriad ills with unflinching candor, while leaving space for love, humor, and hope.” Publishers Weekly

“With this incomparable collection, Hayes  joins others in taking on the sonnet, reinvigorating its form and reimagining the possibilities of American literature.”  –  Booklist

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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AMERICAN SONNET FOR MY PAST AND FUTURE ASSASSIN

Sometimes the father almost sees looking
At the son, how handsome he''d be if half
His own face was made of the woman he loved.
He almost sees in his boy''s face, an openness
Like a wound before it scars, who he was
Long before his name was lost, the trail
To his future on earth long before he arrived.
To be dead & alive at the same time.
A son finds his father handsome because
The son can almost see how he might
Become superb as the scar above a wound.
And because the son can see who he was
Long before he had a name, the trace of
His future on earth long before he arrived.

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David Spicer
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Nothing Short of Astounding
Reviewed in the United States on June 30, 2018
Not since Kim Addonizio’s Tell Me has a book of poems excited me as much as American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin. Like Addonizio’s book, American Sonnets. . . contains many poems that achieve Emily Dickinson’s definition of poetry. Kinetic, musical, brutally... See more
Not since Kim Addonizio’s Tell Me has a book of poems excited me as much as American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin. Like Addonizio’s book, American Sonnets. . . contains many poems that achieve Emily Dickinson’s definition of poetry. Kinetic, musical, brutally honest, and deeply human, many of the poems do knock off the top of one’s head. One of the wonderful attributes of this book is that at the beginning of each sonnet the reader has no idea where he/she will arrive, for each poem is a journey that Hayes takes the reader and himself on, perhaps not knowing where he himself will land at the end.The sonnets are full of surprises, whether they be self-examinations, discussions of some of Hayes’ heroes, or wonderful excoriations of the man who calls himself President. What Hayes accomplishes in fourteen lines in each poem is magnificent. I know—superlatives and hyperboles, which are rarely deserved. This book does deserve everything positive it will undoubtedly receive: it’s unique, individualistic, smart but not boring, delightful, stunning, hypnotic, snidely humorous—you name it—and made me want more. It’s nothing short of a masterpiece.
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nice haircut
Reviewed in the United States on August 15, 2018
what i marvel most about the poems by terrance hayes, is, probably, the manic energy at which they are read, his ability to sustain prosody at all costs, and, most of all, his inexhaustible inventiveness. the back-cover remarks let us know that these poems were... See more
what i marvel most about the poems by terrance hayes, is, probably, the manic energy at which they are read, his ability to sustain prosody at all costs, and, most of all, his inexhaustible inventiveness.

the back-cover remarks let us know that these poems were ‘(w)ritten during the first two hundred days of the Trump presidency…’ having read them, with attention to nuance, insinuation and suggestion, except for one poem, i found nothing to link these poems to the trump presidency, unless taken in consideration are the range of emotions hayes employs. but how are these any different from the uses of hip-hop idiom, invective, and the need to rise above stereotype by juggling in the air fear, anger and love used by young black poets say, over the last twenty years?

if you are politically persuaded and your social consciousness is stirred, more power to you. but don’t do so at the price of overlooking hayes’ dazzling wordplay and skills as a poetic raconteur. on more than one occasion, he has mentioned the work of wanda coleman, a poet who seemed to have a treasure trove of words, not big words, but every day words, words never recycled again and again, a rarity for poets. for poets, repetition is a staple. you can sense a newness in the way hayes works, how within the confines of poetic form, he makes several forms of his own making. using seventy sonnets, slyly giving the same name to each sonnet, listed in the index by the first line, he divides them in five groups of fourteen poems, keep in mind there are fourteen lines in a sonnet to appreciate the symmetry fitting to the tradition of american poet, donald hall, his baseball poems constructed on a series of nine to conform with the innings of a game.

within his form, hayes has his own game with poetics. followers of surrealism may want to read the five grouped first lines in the index as five bonus poems. in each of the five groups one line is repeated ‘but there never was a black male hysteria.’ or consider the eponymous title with the word ‘past’ read as a noun as a way of situating the poet’s past as the poet’s traditional past:

The black poet would love to say his century began
With Hughes or God forbid, Wheatley, but actually
It began with all the poetry weirdos & worriers, warriors,
Poetry whiners & winos falling from ship bows, sunset
Bridges and windows.

and:

Orpheus was alone when he invented writing.
His manic drawing became a kind of writing when he sent
His beloved a sketch of an eye with an X struck through it.
He meant I am blind without you. She thought he meant
I never want to see you again. It is possible he meant that, too.

as for his future assassin, i leave that person or thing, as i leave what political sludge can be dredged from his poems, to other readers.

suffice it to say, i enjoy the poems of his twin past, whether chasing with him all those literary whalers in:

I thought we might as well sing the fables of the sea

or the depth of feeling of the boy explored in:

One of the most amazing things about me is
I know how to cut my own hair. I learned how to do it
After my father moved away.

contained in these american sonnets. mr hayes is heading a reformation in american poetry.
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The Title Caught my Attention, the Beautiful Expressions of Pain and Injustice Kept Me
Reviewed in the United States on July 3, 2018
Wow! This was my first time purchasing and reading sonnets for fun instead of as a literary assignment. This book was easy to devour. I really appreciated the tones and expressions from the author. Not everyday I see African American colloquialisms embedded into complex... See more
Wow! This was my first time purchasing and reading sonnets for fun instead of as a literary assignment. This book was easy to devour. I really appreciated the tones and expressions from the author. Not everyday I see African American colloquialisms embedded into complex sonnets.

I read a couple passages to my husband, who is not a reader, and even he wants to read this book. Bravo!
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Past, present, future
Reviewed in the United States on May 28, 2020
Overwhelmingly deep. Near the end, the theme of "time travel" emerges. Indeed, these poems are modern and very much speaking to and from the current moment, but also they are about the past and could be about future (hence the title). And what might one do with the pain?... See more
Overwhelmingly deep. Near the end, the theme of "time travel" emerges. Indeed, these poems are modern and very much speaking to and from the current moment, but also they are about the past and could be about future (hence the title). And what might one do with the pain? Travel through. "It was discovered the best way to combat / Sadness was to make your sadness a door."
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I love all Hayes'' previous poetry but this book is a miss for me
Reviewed in the United States on January 9, 2019
I''m a huge fan of Wind in a Box and Lighthead, in particular, but have been amazed by all of Hayes'' books, until now. These feel rambling and undistinguished from each other and lack the tension and fire and insight one finds in his other books. These also feel way more... See more
I''m a huge fan of Wind in a Box and Lighthead, in particular, but have been amazed by all of Hayes'' books, until now. These feel rambling and undistinguished from each other and lack the tension and fire and insight one finds in his other books. These also feel way more self-conscious.
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riveting book
Reviewed in the United States on May 21, 2019
so much is hidden inside this small, important book that its almost like a magic trick. The contents are so much larger than the small paper frame would lead you to believe.
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The printing gets the job done but the content is 5 stat
Reviewed in the United States on August 2, 2020
This author is a genius and the book is nice quality
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Terrance Hayes Does it Again!
Reviewed in the United States on September 11, 2019
Another shot out of the park for decorated poet Terrance Hayes! Attended the reading, bought the book right after!
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Setenta poemas intensos
Reviewed in Spain on July 29, 2020
«[…] Like no Culture before us, we relate the way the descendants Of the raped relate to the descendants of their rapists. May your restlessness come at last to rest, constituents Of Midas. I wish you the opposite of what Neruda said Of lemons. May all the gold you touch...See more
«[…] Like no Culture before us, we relate the way the descendants Of the raped relate to the descendants of their rapists. May your restlessness come at last to rest, constituents Of Midas. I wish you the opposite of what Neruda said Of lemons. May all the gold you touch burn, rot & rust.» Setenta poemas intensos que necesitan de una comprensión amplia no solo del inglés si no de la situación de Estados Unidos así como de su historia. Poemas que son gritos de guerra, palabras de odio o recuerdos del terror, para que nunca nos olvidemos de todo aquello que sucedió. En numerosas ocasiones he tenido que buscar los nombres de las personas de las que estaba hablando el poema, así como leyes u otras referencias, para poder comprender el poema en su totalidad. Un libro que te hace trabajar ¿no es eso algo positivo? Sobre todo en un poemario. Pues te permite disfrutar de cada estrofa. Los poemas se leen tranquilos y con pausa. Se inhalan, se exhalan, se entienden, se sienten. No leas un poemario de una tirada ¡qué error tan garrafal! Disfrutalos, poquito a poco. Como si escapases de la palabra final. Un consejo de mí para ti. Puedes tomarlo o ignorarlo. Nadie te va a juzgar. Solo a ti has de agradar. Cuando me salen estas cosas de dentro me pregunto si debería dedicarme a la escritura “artística”, pero mi mente de periodista es demasiado lógica para las florituras. O quizás sea yo la que no me pare a inhalar y escribir.
«[…] Like no
Culture before us, we relate the way the descendants
Of the raped relate to the descendants of their rapists.
May your restlessness come at last to rest, constituents
Of Midas. I wish you the opposite of what Neruda said
Of lemons. May all the gold you touch burn, rot & rust.»

Setenta poemas intensos que necesitan de una comprensión amplia no solo del inglés si no de la situación de Estados Unidos así como de su historia. Poemas que son gritos de guerra, palabras de odio o recuerdos del terror, para que nunca nos olvidemos de todo aquello que sucedió.

En numerosas ocasiones he tenido que buscar los nombres de las personas de las que estaba hablando el poema, así como leyes u otras referencias, para poder comprender el poema en su totalidad. Un libro que te hace trabajar ¿no es eso algo positivo? Sobre todo en un poemario. Pues te permite disfrutar de cada estrofa.

Los poemas se leen tranquilos y con pausa.
Se inhalan, se exhalan, se entienden, se sienten.
No leas un poemario de una tirada
¡qué error tan garrafal!
Disfrutalos, poquito a poco.
Como si escapases de la palabra final.
Un consejo de mí para ti.
Puedes tomarlo o ignorarlo.
Nadie te va a juzgar.
Solo a ti has de agradar.

Cuando me salen estas cosas de dentro me pregunto si debería dedicarme a la escritura “artística”, pero mi mente de periodista es demasiado lógica para las florituras. O quizás sea yo la que no me pare a inhalar y escribir.
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Excelente y a un gran precio
Reviewed in Mexico on February 6, 2019
Me gustó todo, sólo traía un defecto. Una hoja del índice está rasgada.
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