Wednesday, April 11, 2012

365 Ruined Sonnets: Notes & Conversation with Stephen Collis

My second Harriet post of the month.
In a statement attached to the “365 Sonnets I Destroyed” Collis says the idea came while he was between projects and wanted to try a daily practice. “The idea of sheer, un-productive practice attracted me–the idea of writing and destroying what you’d written, just to ‘get better,’ the arrogance, and preciousness of that, I took from Pound.” The sonnets are quite visually stunning, and well titled: “Sonnet expressive of the creative process (into which doubt creeps),” and “Sonnet in which ambitions are proclaimed (with ironic, self-mocking undertones).”
365 Ruined Sonnets: Notes & Conversation with Stephen Collis : Sina Queyras : Harriet the Blog : The Poetry Foundation

1 comment:

Peter Greene said...

Unsaying is like saying, at least more like saying than not saying is. I am unable to resist the temptation to add : I mean, I'm just saying. Thanks for the article! Interesting. I find it odd and convoluted to approach something like this destroyed-sonnet project as a project - I somehow expected it all to be a happy accident. Having been a dog in at least one previous life, I just love happy accidents.