The Modern Sonnet
Sonnets have served as vessels of passion, monuments to the moment, prisons, explorations of gender, and so much more. In this one-day workshop with poet Amanda Auerbach, we’ll experiment with the sonnet to discover through both reading and writing how this old form can generate new and surprising content. Participants will emerge with drafted sonnets and a sense of where their own concerns and the form of the sonnet could intersect. For inspiration, we’ll read modern sonnets by Gwendolyn Brooks, Seamus Heaney, Terrance Hayes, and Diane Seuss.
Amanda Auerbach currently writes and teaches at the University of Iowa. Her first book of poems What Need Have We for Such as We is forthcoming from C&R Press in fall 2019. Her poems have appeared in The Paris Review, Boston Review, Fence, Denver Quarterly, Kenyon Review, Colorado Review, Conjunctions (online), Thrush Poetry Journal, and Poetry Northwest. In addition to writing poems, Amanda is also a scholar of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British literature, having earned her PhD in English from Harvard in 2018.