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BOOK OF THE WEEK: NOTES ON THE SONNETS

Posted on April 15 2021

Blue skies are here and we’ve officially entered our summer quarter. First up in our PBS summer recommendations is Notes on the Sonnets by Luke Kennard published by penned in the Margins. Luke Kennard recasts Shakespeare's 154 sonnets as a series of anarchic prose poems set in the same joyless house party. A physicist explains dark matter in the kitchen. A crying man is consoled by a Sigmund Freud action figure. An out-of-hours doctor sells phials of dark red liquid from a briefcase. Someone takes out a guitar.

Wry, insolent and self-eviscerating, Notes on the Sonnets riddles the Bard with the anxieties of the modern age, bringing Kennards affectionate critique to subjects as various as love, marriage, God, metaphysics and a sad horse.

Published 23rd April 2021 but available to pre-order here with 25% off for PBS Members.

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