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67 Mixed Messages

4.25  ·  Rating Details ·  12 Ratings  ·  1 Review
Poetry. Suzi, the dark lady of these sonnets, is the breathtakingly beautiful, hopelessly elusive love object for their writer, who recognizes well the absurdity of his feelings. A collection spiked with puns and literary references, 67 MIXED MESSAGES could best be described as a work of passionate playfulness, pained sexuality, and deadly serious jokes. Every line scans, ...more
Paperback, 120 pages
Published January 1st 2006 by Ahsahta Press
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Jul 30, 2007 Amy rated it it was amazing
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A technically breathtaking tour-de-force of the sonnet form. All of the poems in the book are love sonnets. Traditional enough, perhaps, until you factor in the cumulative effect of 67 love sonnets in a row.

Allen’s sonnets usually scan in perfect iambic pentameter, his end-rhymes are dead-on and true (in the Shakespearean pattern) and very often slam the lines shut, but he keeps the classic 8-6 proportion of the Petrarchan form. Each volta (or turn) happens on line 9 with the phrase "I love you,
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