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- Publisher: Alma Books Ltd
- Format: Paperback | 64 pages
- Dimensions: 125mm x 195mm
- Publication date: 26 September 2006
- Publication City/Country: Surrey
- ISBN 10: 1846880203
- ISBN 13: 9781846880209
Mike Stocks's sonnets range across the messy landscape of human behaviour, pinpointing the fault lines in a direct and striking language. Whether dealing in sly humour, savage loss, or all the tragi-comic states in-between, he invariably finds a perspective that commands the attention. The poems in "Folly", with their assured technique and memorable content, demonstrate that the sonnet is a radical and contemporary form, and constitute a debut collection that readers will remember and revisit.
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Mike Stocks writes novels, children's books, poetry and translations, and has worked both as a lexicographer and as an editor for several British publishers. He is the founder and editor of Anon, the anonymous submissions poetry magazine. His first novel, White Man Falling, is published by Alma Books, and his translations of nineteenth-century Roman poet Belli by Oneworld Classics. He lives in Edinburgh.
"A poet of power and skill" - Gerry Cambridge "A book to be relished for its unexpectedness" - Edwin Morgan "I regard Dick Davis's 'Baucis and Philemon' as the great sonnet of my generation, and I hope that in Stocks we are seeing Davis's worthy heir in the making" - Timothy Murphy "Physically vivid, inventive, but controlled by manners of line, breath, cadence and rhyme" - George Szirtes"