"A passionate lure to the sonnet's delights"
David Stanford Burr, Professor of Poetry, New York University, Barnes and Noble Anthologist
/ Book Review
BY CORKY SIEMAZCO, DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
Sonnets for Sinners:
Everything One Needs to Know About Illicit Love
Author John Wareham / Welcome Rain Publisher
Writer turns lies of cheaters into 'Sonnets for Sinners‘ book
How romantic! Writer John Wareham has tumed Tiger Woods‘ steamy texts to Rachel Uchitel Into a sonnet, ‘Tiger Balm.‘
Tiger Woods is a poet - he just didn't know it. Just in time for Valentine's Day, Manhattan writer John Wareham has taken some of Tiger's tawdry text messages to New York party girl Rachel Uchitel and turned them into a romantic sonnet. "Tiger Balm" opens like so: "You want a partner to witness your life; a someone I never found why didn't we find each other years ago?"
Words like that reportedly drove Woods‘ wife, Elin Nordegren, to grab a golf club and chase her husband out of their Florida home in November. Since then, Woods has been linked to a dozen other women - and reportedly just completed sex addiction treatment at a Mississippi clinic.
But where Nordegren saw betrayal, Wareham saw a tortured soul whose words were worthy of being included in his new collection, Sonnets for Sinners. "I just happened to see the texting that he sent to Rachel Uchitel and I thought, ‘Gosh, it's so heartfelt,"' Wareham said. "It showed the pain of absence from somebody and the fact that he's a very lonely guy."
Wareham also found poetry in the lies of some other world class cheaters like former Sen. John Edwards and lPrince Charles. He also found poetry in the laments of spurned spouses like Elizabeth Edwards, Princess Diana and Jenny Sanford, the wife of South Carolina's dignity-challenged Gov. Mark Sanford.
"Happily destined, like Milton's Paradise Lost to find it's readers."
Don Foster, Professor of Literature, Vassar College
"A treat for literary novitiates and and connoiseurs alike."
Charles DeFanti, Literary Professor Emeritus, Kean University
AMBUSH MAGAZINE REVIEW
by Tony Leggio
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, author John Wareham brings us Sonnets For Sinners: Everything One Needs to
Know About Illicit Love. I have to admit this is my first book of poetry and it was a wonderful romp in the world of forbidden love. This tiny tome packs quite a punch as we are introduced to historical sinners and the stages of their desire.
I love a juicy book filled with passion, desire and yes, carnal lust. Wareham brings us all this and more, pulling sonnets
from famous historical poets such as William Shakespeare and Lady Mary Wroth to more contemporaries like Elan
Haverford and Chandler Haste. Celebrity poets are also included as Wareham draws from their own words and sets
them into sonnet form. Famous love triangles are seen from all sides, with Charles Windsor, Lady Diana Spencer
and Camilla Shand. Also other famous adulterers are captured in prose such as John Edwards and Mark Sanford.
After each sonnet, Wareham gives a wonderful summarization that affords the reader a better grasp on the words. Even
homosexuality comes into play with a sonnet from Lord Alfred Douglas, Oscar Wilde’s lover whose liaison resulted in
the playwright’s imprisonment.
This is the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for that special person in your life. Or buy it for yourself and enjoy each deliciously tempting page.