Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review
No. 42, Winter 2016
Issue 42 of the Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review was published in December of 2016. This is a hightly unusual issue for us and possibly a first in the history of small American magazines. For this year's issue we have 49 sonnets all commissioned specifically for the journal. Writers, both solicited and unsolicited were asked to write a sonnet on one of five themes: AWalk, Silence, Water, Frames and Containers. Each poet was given only an hour to compose the poem (minus small revisions), and the form of a 'sonnet,' could be interpreted however was seen fit. Our idea began with John Keats' famous (or infamous) sonnet challenges with his friends, but it grew to something more than just a challenge, as his poems did too. In this issue you'll find a variet of takes on the sonnet, and on our themes, by writers like Maurice Manning, Jennifer Clarvoe, Lisa Jarnot, A.E. Stallings, Timothy Donnelly and many more.