David Beach

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Jerusalem Sonnets 4

When, for example, Baxter is irked by
a request to warn the local kids off
drugs, but needs to occupy the moral
high ground, so utters some blather against
contemporary society, he has to be
sending himself up. Or one can’t quite
tell. Baxter’s critique of himself hits so
forcefully because he achieves such a
guileless, impromptu tone it’s hard to believe
the sonnets are a critique. His verse
epistle may be as much a device
as any letter in a Restoration
comedy, but has an effect simply of
‘Behold the man’, Baxter being Baxter.

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