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No Damned Tears

No Damned Tears

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In this passionate sonnet sequence, the last and major work by Jan Farquharson (1934-2001), the tortured poet faces and resolves the conflict between illicit and familial love. Finally, after the diagnosis of cancer, he has to come to terms also with his own mortality.

"No Damned Tears shows us the floodlit world of man as husband and lover. In its force and brevity, the voice is immediately recognisable…extremely brave and affecting."
Kevin Crossley-Holland

"The most powerful sonnets… the thought swift and unswerving, the language sharp and always on the ball…This ability to wed form and passion is an example to any writer. A delight to read and to re-read."
Brendan Kennelly

"It’s rare to come across 'the true voice of feeling' in the many submissions that arrive here. And here is that voice."
William Cookson

Jan Farquharson, poet and playwright, was born in Hampstead in 1934, of Scottish and Jewish descent. He was educated at Marborough College and Christ Church, Oxford. He worked briefly in radio in Paris, then returned to England as a teacher of drama and literature at Farnham Art College, at Strawberry Hill, Twickenham, and in the Drama Department of Exeter University. He died of cancer in February 2001, and is buried at Branscombe, Devon.