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Terrance Hayes

American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin

  • 19
  • Oct




Black and white headshot of poet Terrance Hayes, taken slightly from the side, he is looking downKathy Ryan

MLF is delighted to welcome one of America’s most exciting and innovative poets, Terrance Hayes – winner of the 2010 National Book Award, and a recipient of a MacArthur ‘Genius Grant’. Terrance will be performing work from his new collection, American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin. Written during the first 200 days of the Trump administration, it is a 70-poem roller-coaster ride through politics, music, life and love; shot through with the vernacular energy of popular culture. Compassionate, witty, melancholy, and rhythmically compelling, American Sonnets shines a blistering spotlight on the dividing lines of race, gender and political oppression, which define the early 21st century. ‘Something happens everywhere in this country,’ Terrance writes. ‘Every day. Someone is praying, someone is prey.’ Join us for what promises to be an extraordinary evening of poetry and conversation.

Hosted by Kayo Chingonyi, winner of the 2018 Dylan Thomas Prize.