Fryup Sonnets

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


Exploiting the form’s constraint-based traditions, Fryup Sonnets fashions a modern sonnet-cycle around a semi-fictional moorland village. Its fragmentary and palimpsestic approach, mashing folkloric history with everyday juvenilia, eschews novelistic narrative and presents each separate sonnet as one of a series of vaguely-associated vignettes. Inspired by the work of American film-maker, author and self-styled ‘Mistakist’ Harmony Korine, Fryup Sonnets encapsulates the past-and-present lives of a remote community which are are at once, like the sonnet itself, insufferably claustrophobic and refreshingly free.

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. FRYUP SONNETS is part of the extended fall-out.


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