Sonnets for Birds

SONNETS FOR BIRDS is one of fourteen book-length extensions of the Anti-Sonnets project. It is available from Lulu (UK), or (US), or via FREE PDF.

A boutique version of Sonnets for Birds is available here from Timglaset.


Sonnets for Birds presents onomatopoeic renderings of each entry in the RSPB’s Book of British Birds. From the (literally) Mute Swan to the Corn Bunting’s quit-quit, these 271 highly-Tweetable pages effectively reveal as ‘found’ sound sonnets: acknowledging the form’s pastoral roots, the Cageian notion of interpretive event-scores, and a Flarf-ish reappraisal of the supposedly impoetic.

ANTI-SONNETS comprised the creation of one sonnet per day over a year, irrespective of personal circumstance. Each sonnet’s subject matter, and perhaps also the perceived quality of its artistic execution, would reflect the tribulations of daily life. ANTI-SONNETS aimed to challenge assumptions associated with the sonnet form, and to champion the ascendency of context over content. SONNETS FOR BIRDS is part of the extended fall-out.


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