Risk a Verse: A Year in Daily Sonnets

Risk a Verse: A Year in Daily Sonnets

by Libby Weber


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What kind of person decides to write a sonnet every day for a year? Someone with too much time on hand? In Libby Weber's case, it was someone with too little free time who nonetheless wanted to create something new every day. She expected to get pretty good at writing sonnets. She didn't expect that the project would be the excuse she needed to throw herself into every interesting opportunity that came her way. The result of her year-long literary experiment is a collection full of scintillating wordplay and keen observations, ranging from tales of audition mishaps to delightful nonsense, with reflections on nature, death, art, love, and occasionally television.

Risk a Verse comprises Weber's complete sonnet output from her year of poetry, together with detailed annotations to clarify the remarkable array of subjects, works, and people referenced therein. Sonnets remain a popular way to express powerful feelings and reflect on the world, even as they are also used to humorously elevate less rarefied subjects. Weber manages to do all of this, many times over, within the space of fourteen lines. Rarely has such an impressive feat been this much fun.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780692960455
Publisher: Burrito Books
Publication date: 04/20/2018
Pages: 408
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.91(d)

About the Author

Libby Weber is a San-Diego based writer and musician. She has written short stories for anthologies A SIX PACK OF STORIES, THOROUGHLY MODERN MONSTERS, and IMMANENCE, provided lyrics for composers Colin Barkley and Jason Carl Rosenberg, and blogged about the arts for the nonprofit news site Voice of San Diego. She is a core singer with SACRA/PROFANA, a choral scholar at All Souls' Episcopal Church, and sings with San Diego Master Chorale and Folklore Guild. She was raised in a log cabin in rural Illinois and educated at Northwestern University before moving to California, where she lives with her husband and two dogs.

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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite Risk A Verse: A Year in Daily Sonnets is a poetic work of memoir written by poet and author Libby Weber. This publication comes as a result of the San Diego-based writer and musician putting a challenge to herself to compose a sonnet which encompasses every day of her year. In writing these fourteen-line poems to record and experience every day of her life, Weber has created a memoir that travels through the full gamut of the human experience and the whole range of emotions. With fascinating insights into her life outside writing and her connections to the entertainment world, the collection records an exciting life in a unique and entertaining way. Reading a memoir in the form of sonnets really does provide a unique experience to the reader, and I enjoyed the notes and anecdotes which accompanied and explained the context for the poetic works. Author Libby Weber has a vivacious personality which comes across in her inventive and amusing use of words, and her life experiences as a musician and her reflections upon them were really entertaining to read. The poetic accomplishment is, in itself, a wonder when you look back over the collection, and I was impressed by the variety of emotional content that expressed a flair and range of skill. Overall, Risk A Verse: A Year in Daily Sonnets chronicles a unique challenge on the part of Libby Weber, which results in an engaging experience for all readers and an insight into a true life account.