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Book details
  • Genre:POETRY
  • SubGenre:American / General
  • Language:English
  • Pages:112
  • Format:Paperback
  • Paperback ISBN:9781543937107

The Wild Sonnets: Volume I (1-100)

by Nicholas Korn View author's profile page

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Overview

The Wild Sonnets: Volume I includes the first 100 poems in the sequence.
This collection was composed between 2016-2017. 

Poet's selection from the book:

Wild Sonnet #39


Born as I was – a wilderness of one,
A madness of many, and frenzy of sudden
And stone. Made as I am – of fiber
And fume, of riot and ready, of tempest
And tomb, of reason and steam, of steady
And done. Burned into being, this myriad mine,
Like the sun in an array of rays doth shine.


Yet how do we, in our numerable selves,
Become so strangered and so sleeved
Into a single name? Scaffold and manifold,
Fury and frame – so plenteously peopled,
As both communion and crowd,
A division to be marveled at and mourn,
At one in the wilderness, and every moment born.

Description

Reinventing the traditional sonnet form.
As a poet, I have always been deeply connected to the sonnet form, and decided a few years ago to create variation that was both more modern and of my own making. The structure I decided to use is built on two seven line stanzas, each capped with a rhyming couplet. The preceding lines are basically blank verse - meant to echo the feel and fluency of a soliloquy. Since writing the first Wild Sonnet in 2016, I have added over 300 to the sequence. When I reach the next 100 poems, I publish them as a individual book and add the new work to a digital version that contains the entire collection.  

This is a lifelong project for me – and although the feel of the poems may shift slightly with time, my dedication to this particular form does not. What the eventual fate of these poems will be is not for me to say, but I hope those who read them will feel that the power of this form has been both honored and expanded.

About the author

Nicholas Korn is a poet, playwright, filmmaker and composer. The first volume of Wild Sonnets was published in June 2018, with the second following in October 2019. His stage play, Delirium's Daughters, was featured Off-Broadway in 2015, and his film, Revel's Rivals, won the award for Best Animated Feature at the 2012 Louisville International Festival of Film. In the early aughts, he founded and ran Stage First Cincinnati – a theater company dedicated to the ancient Greeks, Moliere and the occasional Shakespeare. As an artist, he combines classicism with a curiosity for all things digital – honoring equally the tradition and the trend. He lives in Bellevue, KY with his wife, Nancy. For more on current poems and projects, visit www.nicholaskorn.com.

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