Cat No: P-006
78 Composite Lost Sonnets
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Every copy of 78 Composite Lost Sonnets purchased will come with a free digital copy of Catherine's Lost Sonnets, a highly-collectable, ltd. edition published by Timglaset Editions: an excellent visual companion. More details below. Email us for your copy.
Vidler’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.
- Tom Jenks
Lost 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.
- Derek Beaulieu
"78 Composite Lost Sonnets is a subtle sensory bombardment, a trigonometric trance track, visual poetry in a fugue state."
- Tom Jenks reviews Lost Sonnets & 78 Composite Lost Sonnets over at Litter Magazine (part of Leafe Press). Read it here
And very recently published by Timglaset Editions, an excellent visual companion
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every copy of Lost Sonnets bought from Timglaset will come with a free digital download of 78 Composite 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).
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.
Catherine Vidler lives in Sydney, Australia. Her recent publications include lost sonnets (Timglaset Editions, 2018), 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).