Poetic Justice for Philandering Politicians
In this wry anthology, Sonnets for Sinners, the precise words and heartfelt sentiments of celebrated contemporary adulterers are artfully distilled into sonnet form. Their innermost secrets are also dissected and laid bare by anthologist John Wareham.
The sagas of United States presidential contenders John Edwards and Mark Sanford —along with those of Tiger Woods, Prince Charles, and Princess Diana—play out in an illustrious company of eminent classic and modem poets, all the way from Shakespeare, Yeats and Millay, to the modern age. Bill and Hilary Clinton make cameo appearances, too.
'Distilling actual lines from pop culture figures into love sonnets is akin to performing heart surgery,' says Wareham. 'The patient is naked. and the beating heart itself is exposed.' For sure, the passionate poems in this subversive compilation seem bound to catch the attention of literary afficionados.
'The sonnet form lends itself to showcasing journeys of illicit love,' says David Stamford Burr, Professor of Poetry at New York University: 'But what makes this particular anthology so special is the page of wry and penetrating insight that accompanies each sonnet. Every page contains a life lesson that every lover, illicit or otherwise, will surely take to heart.'