The Necessary Impossibilities of Poetry (on Terrance Hayes’s American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin; Dorothy Barresi’s What We Did While We Made More Guns; Analicia Sotelo’s Virgin; and Kevin Prufer’s How He Loved Them)

Kevin Clark’s poetry collection Self-Portrait with Expletives (LSU Press, 2010) won the Pleiades Press contest, and his first book, In the Evening of No Warning (New Issues Poetry and Prose, 2002), earned a grant from the Academy of American Poets. Kevin’s recent chapbook The Wanting (2016) won the Five Oaks Press contest. A regular reviewer for our pages in recent years, Clark has also published criticism in the Southern Review, Papers on Language and Literature, and Contemporary Literary Criticism. He teaches for the Rainier Writing Workshop, a low-residency MFA program based at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington.