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Paul Hoover

Paul Hoover is the author of Sonnet 56 (Les Figues Press). He is also the author of numerous books of poetry including Desolation:  Souvenir (2012); Edge and Fold (2006); Poems in Spanish (2005), nominated for the Bay...

Sonnet 56

Paul Hoover

Introduction by Ian Monk
Cover art by VD Collective
Book 2 of 5, TrenchArt Maneuvers Series
Poetry | $15.00
ISBN 10: 1-934254-12-6
ISBN 13: 978-1-934254-12-7
Size: 9.25″ X 4.25″
Pages: 81
Binding: Softcover, Perfect


Paul Hoover’s Sonnet 56 mixes Love, Poetry, and Shakespeare in a marvelous grab bag of form, wit, and playfulness. Starting with Shakespeare’s sonnet 56 — Sweet love, renew thy force, be it not said / Thy edge should blunter be than appetite, — Hoover writes 56 poetic variations, turning Shakespeare’s sonnet into a series of new (and traditional) forms, including: “Villanelle,” “Noun Plus Seven,” “Limerick,” “Blues,” “Course Description,” “Flarf,” “Imagist,” “Tanka,” “Answering Machine,” “Rilke,” “Morse Code” and “Bad Writing.” The result is tender portrayal of love and an excellent survey of the possibilities within contemporary poetry.


Praise for Sonnet 56

“Paul Hoover’s Sonnet 56 is a provocative and smart book with a wicked sense of humor and a deep concern for the subtleties of language that manifest poetry.”


“[Sonnet 56] manages to question the naturalness and inevitability of free verse in the most elegant mode of criticism, art itself.”


Check out Paul Hoover’s Poetry Blog