— Sonnet: a small love song, a tiny fist to the heart.

My Year of Poetry

I emailed my first sonnet to a small group of friends on Valentine's Day, 2016. I challenged myself to keep writing and sending a new sonnet every week, to a list that has grown steadily from week to week. How long can I possibly sustain this pace? A year? More? We shall see. 

My subject is always love, cities, the decay and renewal of both—you know, the typical stuff of poetry, except with the jagged, uneasy edges of the modern world peeking through. You, too, can subscribe and follow along.

What is a sonnet, you ask? Sonnet means small love song - from Latin "son" for sound. Usually fourteen lines long, rhymed and iambic. Used as an urgent declaration of love by Petrarch, Shakespeare—and more recently, Hamilton's Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Who Writes the Sonnets?

Q&A with Kat Mustatea, playwright and technologist based in New York City.

Photo: Adrian Buckmaster

Photo: Adrian Buckmaster

Q: Do you write all the sonnets yourself?

A: I do.

Q: Um, isn't that hard to do?

A: Yes, it absolutely is!

Q: How long do you intend to keep it up?

A: Let's see how the first year goes.

Q: Why do you do this at all?

A: Because, delight. The world won't end if a new poem isn't written every week, but then again, it might.

Q: Wait, was that a rhymed couplet?

A: [Smiles]