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Sarah Cozort

Old Bones do Sing: On the Contemporary American Sonnet

Friday, April 12th - 11:00 am - 12:15 pm

Rosa Deal Room 206



Sarah Cozort is an MFA Candidate in Poetry at the University of Memphis.  She is the winner of a University Prize from the Academy of American Poets, and her work can be seen in Barely South this Spring, among other publications.


Old Bones do Sing: On the Contemporary American Sonnet

The American sonnet, based on older, stricter forms, such as the Petrarchan and Shakespearean sonnet, is widely derided as a derivation rather than an innovation of form. We will discuss the ways the American sonnet is in fact innovative through examination of work by contemporary poets, such as Maggie Smith and Terrance Hayes, as well as others.  Finally, through workshop, we will generate our own American sonnets, keeping in mind what we have discovered about the good old bones of the form and the play the integrity of this underlying structure allows the writer.