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Sonnets redux

I just finished proofing my upcoming book, Sonnets, which will appear in mid-March from Shearsman Books. I feel very close to this book—there was much pleasure in its writing.

And I’m excited about my tour of the U.K. following the London launch in early May. I just added a reading in Bangor, Wales, thanks to Zoë Skoulding. Iechyd da!

Here are a couple of my recently-published sonnets:
twigs with tiny
variations bob
against the blue.
no gunshot, no
sprint. earth murmurs
on its axis, volume turned
off. no hearts beating
to drums. seeds hook
animal fur. no countdown,
but a desert blossoming
between one and zero.
droplets fed by tiny
catastrophes dangle
from twigs.
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U.K., Ireland, & Paris: Launch and reading tour for Sonnets

I recently finalized plans for a launch/reading tour in the U.K., Ireland, and Paris for my second book of poems, Sonnets (Shearsman Books, 2010). Many thanks to curators Tony Frazer (Shearsman), Nathan Thompson (PoAttic), Paul Casey (Ó Bhéal), Scott Thurston (University of Salford), Michelle Noteboom, and Jennifer K. Dick (Ivy Writers) for making these readings and workshop possible. I couldn’t resist including thumbnails of these venues. The itinerary:


Swedenborg Hall
7:30 pm, Tuesday, May 4
Shearsman Reading Series
Swedenborg Hall, Swedenborg House
20/21 Bloomsbury Way, London
This has to be, hands down, the most beautiful hall I will have ever read in.


Jersey Opera House, night
8:00 pm, Thursday, May 6
PoAttic Reading Series
Jersey Opera House, St. Helier, Jersey, U.K.
(OK, not the actual opera stage, but a room called the “Attic” where Nathan says the phantoms live.)


The Long Valley
8:30 pm, Monday, May 10
Ó Bhéal Reading Series
The Long Valley (upstairs), Cork, Ireland
Can’t wait to try their famous sandwiches . . .


University of Salford
6:00 – 8:00 pm, Tuesday, May 11
University of Salford
Reading and two-hour session with students in the MA in Creative Writing: Innovation and Experiment program
Looking forward to meeting the students!


A recent addition to the tour:
Tuesday, May 18
Ivy Writers Reading Series
Le Next
17 rue Tiquetonne, Paris

Camille Martin

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Sonnets cover


In her second book of poetry, Camille Martin breathes fresh life into the sonnet in a collection that is at once edgy and lyrical. The word “sonnet” comes from “song,” and the musicality of Sonnets is not surprising, given Martin’s background as a classical musician. These poems demonstrate a virtuosic range of approaches and themes; some are inspired by texts as disparate as nursery rhymes, theories of cognitive science, a history of street names, and her own dream journals. The chorus of voices in this collection sing confidently and fluently, proving the sonnet to be an ideal vehicle for Martin’s love affair with language.



I’m very excited about Sonnets, which will be published by Shearsman Books in January 2010. One of my collages is on the cover. I’m putting together a U.K. tour, which will probably happen in May.

Here are links to sonnets that I’ve published recently:


Angel House Press

Hamilton Stone Review





Camille Martin

Camille Martin’s Upcoming Events

Some upcoming events featuring my poetry and art:

Square Foot Show (Toronto)
Three of my collage prints will be exhibited.
100A Ossington Avenue, Toronto
(a few blocks north of AWOL Gallery)
Show dates: Saturday, August 15, – September 6, 2009
Artists Reception: Saturday, August 15, 2009, 7 pm
Gallery Hours: Th – Sa 12-6 pm / Su 1-5 pm

Rainbow Market Square Gallery (Toronto)
Sublime Scraps: The Collage Prints of Camille Martin
Ten of my collage prints will be exhibited.
80 Front Street East between Church and Jarvis
April 1 – April 30, 2010

Publication of Sonnets by Shearsman Books
Late 2009 or early 2010. Stay tuned for book launch information and tour dates. Sonnets will be distributed in Canada, the UK, and the US.

Shearsman Books Reading Series
UK Sonnets launch: early May 2010 (Click here)
Swedenborg Hall, Swedenborg House
20/21 Bloomsbury Way, London, England

Camille Martin