Catherine Vidler, Lost Sonnets

 

 

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Catherine Vidler’s Lost Sonnets is a book of stunning verbivocovisual imagination. In this, the complete series of 155 poems, she takes the famous 14 lines as starting point for an evolving experiment with the sonnet as form. Starting with the rawness of arrows pointing in the usual reading direction, and gradually adding elements and increasing complexity, she arrives at visual sonnets as beautiful and rich as anything the form has produced during its long history.

By publishing the whole series, Timglaset wants to highlight the importance of the process itself. Those early sonnets may be simpler but are nevertheless fully formed poems, not drafts or sketches.

Says Tom JenksVidler’s beautifully oblique, diagrammatic pieces remind
us that poetry has always been a numbers game. Lost Sonnets is like walking
through a forest of winter trees on a clear, moonless night. Up above
there are no clouds, only comets and constellations.

And Derek BeaulieuLost Sonnets confidently places Vidler’s writing next
to Shakespearean, Petrarchan and Spenserian forms; here metrics and
rhyme look beyond language into a visual form ranging across the map of
potentiality. Soon we will all be writing Vidlerian sonnets.

Catherine Vidler lives in Sydney, Australia. Her recent publications include composite lost sonnets (SOd press, 2018), lost sonnets (Spacecraft Press, 2018), table sets (no press, 2017), lake labyl and table set poems (Penteract Press, 2017), table set poems (Spacecraft Press, 2017), lake labyl and chaingrass errata slips (SOd press, 2017), and chaingrass (zimZalla Object 039, 2016). The first series of her composite lost sonnets 78 composite lost sonnets is forthcoming in October 2018 from Hesterglock Prote(s)xt.

Catherine Vidler, Lost Sonnets, 168 pages, full colour digital print, 15 X 15 cm, wire-o binding, with comments by the author. 50 copies were made. 22 Eur + shipping. Comes with a free mini-accordion, Selected Stars, an hommage to Catherine Vidler’s Twitter account, The Asterisk Machine (@usefulstars).

Engaged by Eileen Tabios on Galatea Resurrects.

Review by Tom Jenks in Litter Magazine.

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Dona Mayoora, Listening To Red

 

Timglaset Editions proudly present a collection of 30 stunning pieces from Dona Mayoora‘s Listening To Red-sequence, which explores metaphors beyond the use of words. She describes her work as a combination of art, poetry, visual metaphors – and politics, in terms of listening and being aware of what’s happening around the world and responding to the disarrays, injustices and chaos. Her work is asemic in the sense that it is open for the reader to fill in and interpret the content.

Terri Witek: “This poetic work elegantly and powerfully dismisses the notion of the literal to show how vividly things speak no matter who listens.”

Nico Vassilakis: “Dona Mayoora’s talent lies in her use of an Asemic cursive hand and smart balanced construction. Each piece is a visual slant rhyme, is a building waiting for its viewer to inhabit it.”

Donmay AKA Dona Mayoora is an interdisciplinary artist, bilingual poet, author, inkophile and techie born in Kerala, India and residing in Connecticut, USA. Her first poetry collection in Malayalam was published in 2012, her second one is forthcoming. Her poetry and art works have been published in various international journals and her asemic work has been exhibited in Italy (2016, 2018), Spain (2017) and on Asemic Women Writers Online Exhibit (2018). You can find her on Instagram.

Listening To Red, 38 pages, high quality full colour print on 250 gsm paper, size 297 x 210 mm (A4 landscape), handbound with red cotton yarn. With an extensive introduction by Karl Kempton, 99 copies, $12 + postage & packaging OR pay $20 + postage & packaging and $10 will go straight to Kerala disaster relief. See Dona Mayoora’s statement below and payment options at the bottom of this page.

Karl Kempton’s introduction, full text, on Galatea Resurrects.

Engaged by Eileen Tabios on Galatea Resurrects.

 

Dona Mayoora, Listening To Red, International

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Dona Mayoora, Listening To Red, Sverige

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Kerala disaster relief, statement from Dona Mayoora:
Kerala is in the aftermath of an unprecedented flood havoc from August 2018. A state of emergency was declared. The calamity has caused immeasurable misery and devastation. Hundreds of lives were lost. Thousands of homes were totally destroyed and many more were damaged, Kerala have braved the odds. Civil communities are joining hand with Kerala State Government, to make a difference in Flood Relief, rehabilitation and rebuilding efforts. $10 of the below “disaster relief price for Listening to Red will go straight to the Government of Kerala Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund.

 

Dona Mayoora, Listening To Red with Disaster Relief

$10 go directly to Kerala Disaster Relief Fund. Price includes postage & packaging.

$28.00

Luke Bradford, Four Paths

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Four Paths by Luke Bradford is a chapbook of visual poetry which will appeal to both poetry lovers and puzzle solvers. It packs four sentences into rectangular mazes. In addition to remaining reasonably legible, the mazes obey various constraints: each is identical in size to the others, has an unobstructed path from the top left to the bottom right, has no passages other than those that form its letters, and has no inaccessible areas.

Luke Bradford is an experimental poet living in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His debut collection of constrained poetry, Abacus, is available as a free PDF or for purchase as a book at abacuspoetry.com, and his work has been published by
Spacecraft Press and Penteract Press.

Luke Bradford, Four Paths, 8 pages, 135 x 90 mm, black digital print on heavy light blue stock, stapled. 50 copies were made. 30 SEK, 3 Eur, $3.

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Luke Bradford, Four Paths, SECOND EDITION. 8 pages, 135 x 90 mm, black digital print om heavy vanilla stock, stapled. 20 copies were made. 30 SEK, 3 Eur, $3.

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Aditya Bahl, NAME – AMEN

 

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Timglaset proudly presents NAME – AMEN by Aditya Bahl, a collection of visual poetry with a strong sense of personal urgency. From the author’s foreword:

This project, as I understand it now, is the remnant of my ambition to cure myself of my “double consciousness” as a poet. During this period I had been strenuously trying to work myself out of the influence of a decidedly western poetry and poetics, and yet, it was as if the more I would try to subvert the western paragon of newness, the more I would end up imitating the “great” western poets. (- – -) And it culminated in a very painful and traumatic breakdown of the language I had been working with. A total breakdown at that, right down to its bare physical elements.

Aditya Bahl is a member of a Delhi-based marxist collective, Radical Notes. Since 1988, a collection of minimal poems composed during 2013-2015, were published by Delete Press. A chapbook of visual poems, titled This Is Visual Poetry by Aditya Bahl, was published by Dan Waber in 2012. Bahl’s translations of Muktibodh’s poetry are forthcoming in Social Text Journal.

Aditya Bahl, NAME – AMEN, 26 pages, digital print in black and red, black cardboard cover with black print, handbound with red linen thread, 231 X 180 mm, 80 SEK/8 EUR, $8.50.

Reviewed by Colin Lee Marshall in Erotoplasty #3.

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Claude Nguyen, Dikter på svenska

Dikter på svenska (Poems in Swedish) by French/Vietnamese/Uruguayan Claude Nguyen is the work of a poet with a rare understanding of the aural, visual and contextual properties of a foreign language. In this book he has chosen to work with Swedish, a language he is not fluent in, looking at individual words and phrases with a fresh eye, unfettered by the shackles of everyday spoken language. The result is a revelation, not least to Swedes.

In the words of John M. Bennett, from his afterword:
Nguyen has achieved what all great poetry does, and does so using only a very few letters and words, which he arranges to unveil their swarming connections to all human language. His presentations of his poems as visual and graphic fields, with strong color elements, makes his work an endless source of fascination.

And in Nguyen’s own words:
What attracted me to the Swedish language was both concreteness and astrality, which allows spatialization and affective opposition.

Timglaset Editions is very proud to publish Dikter på svenska. First edition 50 copies, digital print, handbound, 104 x 146 mm, 24 pages, 40 SEK/4 EUR

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Timglaset #8 Lists

Timglaset #8 has a list theme and is in itself a list – five booklets in 105×297 mm format held together by a banner. Absurd lists, angry lists, visual lists, list poems, a list which is a game, list skeletons, a library list, a list without items, stolen lists – it’s all in here. Contains visual work and written pieces, the vast majority of which are in English.

Includes work by Bengt Adlers, Bobbilott Fika, David Kjellin, Dolly Dolly, Elisabeth Mansén, Filip Lindberg, Jane Pearrett, Johannes S H Bjerg, Jonas Ellerström, K Sivert Lindberg, Malcolm Green, Marco Giovenale, Michael Björn, Ozelot, Paul Tone, pete spence, psw, Robin Tomens, Sacha Archer, Sofie Herner/Nolan Throop and Volodymyr Bilyk.

Edited by Joakim Norling and designed by psw. 76 pages, digitally printed in colour (2 booklets) and black & white. 80 SEK, 7.30 EUR, £6.40. Postage and packing will added.

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Volodymyr Bilyk, ROADrage S erasures

Timglaset contributor Volodymyr Bilyk got a new book coming out. The title is ROADrage. It is an assorted collection of poems with all the boring stuff edited out and only the most meaningful and impactful bits left intact. Check it out here!
And because we can’t just allow shameless self-promotion, here’s a Timglaset exclusive – a series of erasures based on ROADrage.
All made virtually on the fly and captured viciously from the vortex of haste. These poems use only those words that start from the letter “S”. Because The Beatles Because.

How it happened: back in April, in the midst of final preparations, Volodymyr was listening to the horrendous 1997 remix of Raw Power. And had an epiphany. And so he took the manuscript and erased everything that wasn’t starting with the letter “S”.

This thing is like an alternative story – even more abstract and a bit conceptual because of all the “s” – squeezed out of a text into a thing of its own.

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