What makes a sonnet a sonnet? A rhyme scheme? A number of lines? Love? Meter? Petrarch and Shakespeare might be dead, but their legacy lives on. In this workshop, examine the sonnet from its historical lens into its present, contemporary one. Unpack a variety of sonnets across time periods, with a primary focus on the way the sonnet operates today. Finally, generate drafts of your own sonnet. Come with your pen and notebook, your best reader’s eye, but most importantly, with an open mind. This program is limited to 14. Registration is required.
A Pushcart and Best New Poets nominee, John Bonanni serves as founding editor for the Cape Cod Poetry Review. He is the recipient of a scholarship from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, grants from the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod and the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and a residency from AS220 in Providence, RI. His poems have appeared in CutBank, North American Review, Verse Daily, Seattle Review, Hayden's Ferry Review, Hobart, Washington Square Review, and Prairie Schooner, and his literary criticism has appeared in Rain Taxi, Tupelo Quarterly, and Kenyon Review.Forgeron Hall (Rear Half)