I’ve contemplated sonnets long enough

I’ve contemplated sonnets long enough sonnet poems

I’ve contemplated sonnets long enough,
And now I think I ought to have a stab;
I’m not that sure about romantic stuff,
But general this and that seems rather fab.
Wordsworth’s general sonnets aren’t my thing,
Although he’s written some that are sublime;
And Milton’s verse just doesn’t make me sing,
I read them once and thought they wanted rhyme.
But I like Thomas Lodge, and Shakespeare too;
The English sonnet better suits my style;
And so it seems I’ve got some work to do
Which ought to keep me busy for a while.
So, behold, I’ve written my first sonnet,
All I have to do is build upon it.

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Malcolm Massiah

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I am a writer. I am shy. I started writing poetry in my youth. I first performed in 1987 at the Avon Poetry Festival along side Bertel Martin of the Bristol Black Writers Workshop, supporting Benjamin Zephaniah.I gave my last poetry performance in 1992 at the Arnolfini gallery Bristol, supporting Labi Siffre during Poetry month.In 1998 for a year, I became the Resident Poet at Bristol Evening Post.I haven't written much since then but in 2014 I began exercising my rusty hand writing sonnets. I hope to continue writing in the coming year.
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