by Richard Doiron
Ancestors Dance, Richard Doiron’s collection of two hundred and twenty-two sonnets, is a one-of-a-kind literary gem.
Many might, at first glance, consider the sonnet an easy genre of poetry to master. Using iambic pentameter and a set rhyme scheme, depending upon exactly the precise form - Italian, Spenserian, or Shakespearian - one is writing, the form appears deceptively simple.
The truth is quite the opposite: sonnets are not easy to write, and although many may tackle them, few ever master the art with any degree of proficiency. Most attempts are marred by limping, off-kilter meter, simplistic rhyme, and/or a lack of thematic development and substance. Even many by renowned authors are far from perfect.
William Shakespeare wrote 154 known ones, and over the history of literature, other poets, such as Percy Bysshe Shelley and William Wordsworth, have also written some that are quite remarkable. But Richard Doiron has, over the forty-five year course of his literary career, penned over 5100, which in itself is no mean feat. But to write that many, all of which exhibit perfection of meter, sophisticated rhyme, and varied themes which invariably give the reader pause for thought, is indeed a poetic enterprise to be reckoned with, and one that needs to be brought to the attention of the world.
In this collection, Ancestors Dance, Richard Doiron presents a selection of his sonnets, some earlier and some recently written. The reader will find all of them to be possessed with the virtuosity of a master sonneteer and the spiritual and creative integrity of a poet whose love for humanity and this earth never falters.