Sonnet Practice

I promise this will only go fourteen

and you’ll probably agree that fifteen

would be too much besides breaking

the rules which are the point in making


one of these goddamn love sonnets—

hitting the ballpark iambic mark. Let’s

not overlook the insistence on rhyme:

perfect, off, slant or some kind of line


that appeals to the ear, breath, and most

importantly somehow captures a post-

modern equivalence of the human dream

of holding love up to the highest esteem


and giving it voice and agony and sweat,

lord it over all the other bullshit!


Mark Gibbons

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