NON-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.


Non-Sonnets places procrastination-trails at centre-stage. Split into 14-line segments, it captures and re-pastes the random, Google Search history results generated during periods in which the author had (unsuccessfully) committed to attempting to write a “traditional” sonnet. Thus, it becomes both a visible record of an unwritten sonnet, and a sonnet-cycle in itself: encapsulating the classical form’s frustrations in construction; concerns and inconsistencies; flights-of-fancy; and the general, Shakespearean unrequitedness of everyday life.

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


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