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Koru Sonnets by Tyler Chadwick

by Jonathon | 2.17.14


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Fraser Elliot
Koru Glossary

Tyler ChadwickTyler Chadwick is a doctoral candidate in English and the Teaching of English at Idaho State University. His poems have been published in Dialogue, Metaphor, Irreantum, Salome, Black Rock & Sage, Wilderness Interface Zone, Victorian Violet Press Poetry Journal, Psaltery & Lyre, BYU Studies, and Likewise Folio. He received the 2009 Ford Swetnam Poetry Prize and the 2011 Association for Mormon Letters Award for Poetry and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He also edited Fire in the Pasture: Twenty-first Century Mormon Poets and his multi-genre book, Field Notes on Language and Kinship, from which these sonnets are taken, was published in 2013 by Mormon Artists Group. He blogs at,, and

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3 Responses to Koru Sonnets by Tyler Chadwick

  1. Jonathon

    An Eliotic opener quickly trades Prufrock for p?whiri, welcomes solitude in the best Romantic spirit, as a shedding of distraction and the welcoming of the gods. From what I’ve seen of it, NZ is a rather apocalyptic space. Thanks for sharing these, Tyler.

  2. Merrijane Rice

    Wow. So much that is thought provoking here. And I really, really like the idea that the first woman’s first words would be, “I sneeze, there is life.”

  3. Lora

    Loved the feeling of a flow of senses.

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