Sonatas is a collection of personal poems written over a period of five years. They reflect Deon Marcus’ experiences and varied interests, whether in ancient history, art, music or poetry, and bring together aspects of life in their most basic forms. The poems in Sonatas are sometimes strangely utopian and hopeful, sometimes nostalgic and tragic. Some have the flavour of Africa, particularly Zimbabwe, but geography is secondary as the appeal of his work is universal. Few Zimbabwean poets have managed to move convincingly beyond the contradictions that colonialism has imposed on us; but Deon Marcus does; and he does it over and over again. There is so much wretched guilt, so much unrelenting accusation in the poetry of Zimbabwe and other Anglophone countries in Africa.