A Series of Unfortunate Sonnets: The Carnivorous Carnival

Upon my first true reread of the series (I have not reread the entire series all in one go), I endeavor to write A Series of Unfortunate Sonnets: one sonnet written for each book. The sonnets will probably be rubbish (you could even say unfortunate), but nonetheless, it will be an experiment of my creativity. With thirteen chapters + a letter to the editor (explaining how to get the manuscript for each book), within thirteen books + follow up, a fourteen lined sonnet seems like the fitting form to adopt.

The Carnivorous Carnival

It begins in darkness, you understand
Surrounded by curiosities, and
Travelling far across The Hinterlands –
A place famous for it’s stretches of sand.

Curious Caligari carnival
Home to a hunchback, a contortionist
An ambidextrous, with low morale.
And a psychic, who’s wholly dishonest.

A two headed person, a wolf baby,
A jealous girlfriend, a pit of lions,
Coffee stains, an archival library,
It ends with a suspicious alliance.

A secret revealed, but hope they daren’t
Will the mountains hold one living parent?


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