Affordable Wonders is Ian’s third collection. Published in 2011.
Ian Sowton believes that poetry is good for you, that a poem a day keeps indifference away. As a famous line in Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman puts it, “attention must be paid” and poetry is one of the most finely honed human Instruments for paying attention. Affordable Wonders pays attention to places both exotic and ordinary; to characters like Mercy Jones you might just happen to meet; to politics, paintings, and the city of Toronto; to birds—from juncos to pelicans; to verses from the Christian scriptures; to the memory of friends who have died: to the
Cultivation of imagination, and to language itself.
The author hopes that Affordable Wonders will pleasingly exercise your imagination and your powers of noticing Along with its variety of verse forms, this collection of poems offers a range of moods and voices from celebratory to elegiac, from satirical to devotional, and from whimsical to exasperated. Enter the text and explore, there are multiple points of view; its only agenda is to entertain bracingly.
All proceeds from the sales of Ian’s books support the work of the Holy Trinity Refugee Committee.
“I found Affordable Wonders a delight to read; in my opinion it sings with insight. It really is a better book of poetry than much of what does make it into print via well known publishers.”
Joy Kogawa, 2011
IAN SOWTON has taught poetry for many years, particularly contemporary poetry and poems from the Renaissance period with a focus on poetry written by women. He has published two previous books of his own poetry, Intricate Armada (2005) and Imagining Sisyphus Happy (2006). Ian lives with his partner, Fran, a painter, in Toronto, Canada.