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.