The winner and most borrowed book from the National Poetry Library in 2019 (at the time of writing) is American Sonnets for my Past and Future Assassin by Terrance Hayes which has been loaned 15 times. In seventy poems bearing the same title, Terrance Hayes explores the meanings of American, of assassin, and of love in the sonnet form.
Written during the first two hundred days of the Trump presidency, these poems are haunted by the country’s past and future eras and errors, its dreams and nightmares. Inventive, compassionate, hilarious, melancholy, and bewildered – the wonders of this collection are irreducible. The book was a finalist for the 2018 National Book Award for Poetry and was shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize for 2018.