About the Poems
by Michael Quattrone
I like sonnets, and the only formal requirement to which I adhere when writing them is the line count of fourteen. Everything else—and even that—seems to have been exploded by modern practitioners of the form. "Suicide Note Composed on a DayGlo® Post-it® Pad" balances the sonnets' word density, and its shorter lines contrast the long ones of "Forecast." The two poems which are not sonnets began as imagined forms, the rules of which may or may not be discernible now.