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In her second book of poetry, Camille Martin breathes fresh life into the sonnet in a collection that is at once edgy and lyrical. The word 'sonnet' comes from 'song', and the musicality of "Sonnets" is not surprising, given Martin's background as a classical musician. These poems demonstrate a virtuosic range of approaches and themes; some are inspired by texts as disparate as nursery rhymes, theories of cognitive science, a history of street names, and her own dream journals. The chorus of voices in this collection sing confidently and fluently, proving the sonnet to be an ideal vehicle for Martin's love affair with more

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  • Paperback | 108 pages
  • 149.86 x 223.52 x 7.62mm | 113.4g
  • Shearsman Books
  • Exeter, United Kingdom
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 184861070X
  • 9781848610705
  • 1,929,547

About Camille Martin

Camille Martin, a Toronto poet and collage artist, is the author of Codes of Public Sleep (Toronto: BookThug, 2007). She was born in El Dorado, Arkansas, and spend her childhood in Lafayette, Louisiana. A classical musician from an early age, she earned graduate degrees in both music and English literature. After residing in New Orleans for fourteen years, following Hurricane Katrina in 2005 she moved to Toronto, where she teaches writing and literature at Ryerson more

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In these taut, fast-paced, self-aware poems, the lyric meets 21st century paranoia and sparks fly. -Rae Armantrout There is magnificence in these poems, a poetic magnetic, propelling you to turn the page. -Jordan Scott There's none of the lyrical self-absorption one finds in too many collections. . . Martin has a very good ear, as in a fun, almost Hopkinsesque piece that flirts with nonsense, but stays syntactically coherent. -Quill and Quire Sonnets is a delightful body of work. Even though we wander into the oblique there is never alienation. Incredible poetic craft. -Stride Magazine There are so few who seem to know how to bring something new to an often-used form that when it happens, it's worth noting, and such is the case with Camille Martin in Sonnets. Martin writes with the most wonderful sense of clarity, thought and play in these poems. -rob mclennan Camille Martin's poems shimmer with repetition deft as sweetest breath mid-spring. -Sheila E. Murphyshow more
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