Clifford Liles has won, been placed or shortlisted in many poetry competitions. His work has been published in several literary journals and magazines. His debut collection The Thin Veneer will be published in July 2022 with Dempsey & Windle.
In last month’s blog, I covered a range of definitions of where sonnets gather together in ones, twos and larger herds. Now let’s look at coherence between them. FAMILIAL TIES As with any creation in any medium there is a balance to be found within sequences between variety and coherence. Variety may be engendered through: … Continue reading Sonnet Sequences – Part Two
Vast herds of sonnets roam over the plains of literature. Where are they migrating to? Will the weakest be picked off by predators? One amongst them may be the pride of the herd. And what bonds them together? This month, I would like to touch upon the different types of sonnet sequences. Although I’ve tried … Continue reading Sonnet Sequences – Part One
I note that my website currently declares me as a writer of sonnets, and that whilst this was an early admission that perhaps I could not yet justify calling myself “a poet”, there was some deft logic behind it. This blog series is about sonnets. Many of the poems I write are guided by this … Continue reading Writer or Poet?
For those who find poetic forms a source of inspiration, there is one that has been called the “little sonnet” that bears scrutiny in this series on sonnets. Even though it does not have some key characteristics of the sonnet form, namely fourteen-lines in length or a twofold nature separated by a turn or volta. … Continue reading Decima – The Little Sonnet
When is a poem finished? The decision on whether your poem is complete depends on who is involved. By “complete”, I do not mean perfect, but stable such that no further changes may be foreseen by those persons it is reviewed by. These persons may be the author, trusted readers, workshop participants, editors, or the … Continue reading When is a poem finished?