Terrance Hayes, the National Book Award winning author of Lighthead and one of America’s most acclaimed poets, discusses his work and his new poetry collection American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin. Written during the first 200 days of the Trump presidency, the poems are haunted by the country’s past and future eras and errors, its dreams and its nightmares.
Through touching domestic visions, stories of love, loss and creation, tributes to the fallen and blistering denunciations of the enemies of the good, the collection builds a living picture of the whole self, and the whole human, even as it opens to the view the dividing lines of race, gender and political oppression which define the early twenty-first century.
Biography Terrance Hayes[http://terrancehayes.com] is the author of Lighthead, winner of the 2010 National Book Award; Wind in a Box; Hip Logic; and Muscular Music, winner of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. In 2014 he was the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowshop. He teaches at the University of Pittsburgh. His latest collection is American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin.