June 26, 2018


By Dora Malech

[Continued from “Pros[onn]e[t]”] * Where the title of Nikki Wallschlaeger’s Crawlspace, published by Bloof Books in 2017, pointed the reader toward the collections’s subversive sonnet form as an enactment of both interiority […]

June 15, 2018


By Dora Malech

[Continued from “Crawlspace”] * Thinking about contemporary sonnets, shadow sonnets, American Sonnets, and so on and so[nnet] on, I’m fascinated both by the poems themselves and by what the poems […]

May 28, 2018

Age of Glass

By Dora Malech

[Continued from American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin] Oh, the delight, when, after thinking about American sonnets for some weeks here at the Kenyon Review blog, the Cleveland […]

February 16, 2018

American Sonnets (Part XV: Some Sonnets)

By Dora Malech

[Continued from “American Sonnets (Part XIV: Stein’s Sonnet)”] I’m going by memory and intuition here in tracing some kind of history of the formally subversive American sonnet – I hope […]

January 19, 2018

American Sonnets (Part XI: Insistence)

By Dora Malech

[Continued from “American Sonnets (Part X: Box, Box, Boxes, Boxes In)”] In addition to the overlapping concerns of form and content I began to consider in the previous post, Stein’s […]

December 23, 2017

American Sonnets (Part IX: Concept and Impact)

By Dora Malech

[Continued from “American Sonnets (Part VIII: A Tale of Two Sonnets)”] In my last post, I returned to sonnets (traditional and conceptual) in Terrance Hayes’s first two books of poems, Muscular […]