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Book details
  • Genre:POETRY
  • SubGenre:American / General
  • Language:English
  • Pages:112
  • Format:Paperback
  • Paperback ISBN:9781098324582

The Wild Sonnets: Volume II (101-200)

Second Edition

by Nicholas Korn View author's profile page

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Overview

The Wild Sonnets: Volume II (101-200) features the second hundred poems by poet, Nicholas Korn.

This collection was written between 2017-2018.

Poet's selection from the book:

Wild Sonnet #143


Of Odysseus I dream, not on the glinting
And silvered shores of Ilium, where among 
The armored Greeks for nine long years
He battled in blood for a love that was
Not his own, nor of the island of his days
Where divinity and danger had unmade
So many of his men from shape to shade.


I dream instead of him upon the deck
And mute adventure of his boat,
Composing, in the epic of his mind,
The smell of bread, the warming nights beside
His wife, the sound of his son singing in the yard,
While searching on the sea for how the brave
Might outwit the wind, or be wiser than the wave.

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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