David Beach

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Jerusalem Sonnets 1

That Baxter couldn’t finish the sequence
is surely because he saw that the
way to finish a work where the subject was
so much his shortcomings would be to not
be able to: this especially when the
fictional weakness enabled him to
signal the principal real one, his
vanity – at least, a 39 sonnet sequence
is hardly the demons of writer’s block
for most poets; or, indeed, Baxter didn’t
need to be smitten with his own genius
to know he’d hit the ball out of the
park, and was regretting only being
able to manage a 39 poem masterpiece.

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