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Terrence Hayes' "American Sonnets for my Past and Future Assassin" collection is beautifully constructed and incredibly relevant to current tensions in America. The poems address black lives and emotions, and the main conflict of the collection centers around the speaker’s internal battle between freedom and containment. Hayes brilliantly utilizes form and juxtaposition to convey this theme. "I make you a box of darkness with a bird in its heart" is one of our favorite lines from this collection; Hayes seems to be struggling with feeling trapped by the assassin and simultaneously freed (he describes them as a crow undergoing beautiful catharsis, with a bird in their heart). The poems are deeply evocative, as the “assassin” shifts form throughout the collection, from a white woman to Donald Trump to America itself. The language is powerful and vibrant throughout; a must-read!
The Aurora Review is a platform for the voices that are too often disregarded, cast aside, and ignored by society. Whether through poetry, prose, photography, or an impassioned blog post, if you're telling your story, we want to hear it and amplify it. With each magazine issue, we hope to shed light on prevalent issues, facilitate compassion...