April 12, 2014: Danielle Mitchell

Write a modern sonnet in which the turn signifies the difference between what you wanted and what you got.

For example, in Patricia Smith’s “One Little Good Thing About It”

We wanted:
“We wanted rippling rivers on each foot, taps on our
heels, yellow scalloped Easter socks.”

We got:
“torched toothed
irons in the gaslight, scorched flattened crowns.”

The modern sonnet doesn’t need to rhyme, but it should follow the model of a sonnet, expressing a lyric with a story-like progression. It should have 13 lines.


Submitted by Danielle Mitchell

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