Coming Down the Pike: And Other Sonnets
Known primarily for fiction, author David Watmough takes a turn at poetry in Coming Down the Pike, a volume of elegant sonnets, his 19th published book. Stretching the sonnet form with the flexibility of his "inborn Cornish Rhythms," Watmough celebrates a rich tapestry of experience in lyric, engaging and remarkably well-crafted poems. Drawn from nature, literature, human foibles and gay culture, Watmough's sonnets, while loosely related to those of Milton, are humourous, ironic and authentic. With a mastery reminiscent of his friends, the literary giants Auden, Eliot and Dylan Thomas, Watmough sculpts the sonnet form to suit his diverse subjects, polished through rhythm and rhyme to reflect a life in letters.
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