Frank: Sonnets

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Graywolf Press
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7.0 X 9.0 X 0.4 inches | 0.64 pounds
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About the Author
Diane Seuss is the author of five books of poetry, including frank: sonnets, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and the PEN/Voelcker Prize, and a finalist for the 2022 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award; Still Life With Two Dead Peacocks and a Girl, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; Four-Legged Girl, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; and Wolf Lake, White Gown Blown Open, winner of the Juniper Prize. She was a 2020 Guggenheim Fellow, and in 2021 she received the John Updike Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She lives in Michigan.

"Seuss transforms 'tragic spectacle' into something beautiful, visionary, 'revolting and grand.'"--The Nation

"Seuss layers the work with a litany of cultural and literary references . . . It is at that bright, fascinating collision between tradition and innovation that these poems reside."--Soft Punk Magazine

"The whole book is . . . barbed and artful, dramatizing both Seuss's writing life and her life-life, staking out a territory for the reader to look at and admire but never to control or own."--Poetry Foundation

"frank: sonnets feels very close to writing; it is a heady, intoxicating experience. Seuss understands the labor of a sonnet's particular space--the intensity and the balance, the anaphora and the rhyme that can gallop wild inside the sonnet's field."--The Rumpus

"This is a writer whose pleasure in building language knocks you over and makes you feel some responsive pleasure..."--Women's Review of Books

"Seuss is at her most moving and morally attuned..."--Harvard Review

"The lightning intelligence of Diane Seuss's poems strikes equally the lavish external world and the harrowed interior. A brilliant and devastating account of the making and survival of a poet, frank: sonnets has a relentless, lambent urgency; by its final pages I had to remind myself to breathe."--Garth Greenwell

"In frank: sonnets Diane Seuss has written an ambitious, searing, and capacious life story. . . . Another collection that staggers, one that makes mastery seem effortless, one that's honest, true, gorgeously frank."--Traci Brimhall

"Every poem in frank: sonnets is an example of the incomparable Seussian Sonnet. . . . Acute, resolute, buoyant, and unflinching, frank rings loudest as a synonym for candor, so much do these poems feel tethered to a real life, a real world, simultaneously grounded and spiritual, verbal and existential, with resonances of the blues."--Terrance Hayes

"Good lord. I've rarely read a book that feels so intimate, so spoken. I've rarely read a book that makes me feel so spoken to. So with. These are poems born of a kind of wrought faith that, despite all the breaking, language still might bring us closer to each other, and closer to ourselves. Diane Seuss's frank: sonnets shares that faith with us. And goddamn, I am so grateful for that."--Ross Gay