A pair of sonnets with the rhyme structure ABBA – CDDC – EFFE – GG. Additionally, they are both structured in iambic pentameter.
“Chimera” is a very different sonnet from “Phoenix,” as it explores the feeling of being multiracial in a non-post-racial society, and is laden with references and wordplays to achieve that goal. It is partially inspired by bits of rap and SLAM poetry, as well.
“Phoenix,” as part of a class assignment, required that I explore the etymology of the word “burn,” but I intended the poem to also explore the phenomenon of failure and the paradox of fruitless ambition.