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Inner World (a sonnet wreath)

László

Sárközi

László Sárközi was born in

Hungary in 1969, and honed

his formal poetry skills in a

mentorship with the late great

Hungarian

writer,

György

Faludi

(My Happy Days in

Hell).

The sequence of poems

presented here form a "sonnet

wreath" of 15 sonnets, as

follows. The first line of each

sonnet begins with the last line

of the previous sonnet. So the

first 14 sonnets (a sonnet has 14 lines, following a traditional

rhyme scheme in the original as well) are woven together

like a funeral wreath. The final sonnet is a "master sonnet",

comprising all these 14 first lines, in order. This form gains

especial power by the subject matter here. The poet feels

the bitter pull of a dual Hungarian / Roma identity – almost

a pulling apart – and the classical discipline applied to it,

paradoxically, unleashes this beautiful, albeit hard,

exposition – just enough to share with us the record of it.

Translated from Hungarian by Andrew Singer.