Monday, October 08, 2007

Parliamentary Poet of the Week

A poem of mine has been posted as this week's Parliamentary Poem of the Week.

John Steffler is the present Parliamentary Poet.

The poem to appear on the parliament web site is entitled, "Lost Days". It is a bout-rimé sonnet that takes all of its end rhymes from a D.G. Rossetti poem of the same title. It's from a series of such poems I've been writing. The Rossetti brothers used to play the bout-rimé game with each other, so D.G.'s poems seem a fair source from which to draw the end rhymes for my own poems. "Lost Days" gives my sonnet account of the Victorian period. Sort of like a sonnet Coles Notes for Victorian Lit students.

You can read the poem HERE.