In Search of Tabloid Headlines – a sonnet

I am writing a long sequence of sonnets that will see publication in 2023. I thought it might be fun to share some of them in advance.

A sonnet is included below, along with an audio recording of me reading it.

In Search of Tabloid Headlines

Will your ambition deface
our past	and see our lives distilled
and paraded naked in this impersonal place?
More than my affection will be killed
by such crude and self-serving usury.

Seduced by unimaginable income 
you gamble recklessly
chasing prizes to out-strip everyone,
abandoning the old pretence that Love is Art.

How can I condone this calumny
of betrayal, your determination to depart
eyes focussed on cheap fame and weak posterity?
You hope judgement will be fair,
that legend - and not notoriety - will be your heir.