The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: Sandra Simonds’ “The Sonnets”



No Sonnet

No civil war sonnet. No sex reassignment surgery sonnet.

No black sonnet. No climate change sonnet.


No crossed-out Unitarian Universalist sonnet.

No African-American sonnet. No girly sonnet.

No crime spree sonnet. No egret sonnet.

No machete sonnet. No.

No adorable sonnet. No iron patch-on sonnet.

No Crimean War memorabilia sonnet.

No Greek laurels sonnet.


No consignment store sonnet.

No global diamond store sonnet.

This selection comes from Sandra Simonds’ book The Sonnets, available from Bloof Books. Purchase your copy here!

Sandra Simonds is the author of two previous collections of poetry, Warsaw Bikini (Bloof Books, 2008) and Mother Was a Tragic Girl (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2012). Her poems have appeared in The Best American Poetry 2014, the American Poetry ReviewFencePoetry, and other journals.

Margaret Bashaar’s poetry has been previously collected into two chapbooks, Letters from Room 27 of the Grand Midway Hotel (Blood Pudding Press) and Barefoot and Listening (Tilt Press), as well as in many literary journals and anthologies including Rhino, Caketrain, New South, Copper Nickel, and Time You Let Me In. She lives in Pittsburgh where she edits the chapbook press Hyacinth Girl Press and is a staff writer for Luna Luna Magazine. Her debut collection, Stationed at the Gateway, will be published by Sundress in 2015.


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