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The Graphic Sonnet (Sonet Desinée) by Lincøln, K

January 5th, 2008 7:09 AM / Location: 34.251170,-118.3570

INSTRUCTIONS: Perhaps other assignments will involve the squirmy (sub?)genre of the graphic novel, but here you're asked to aid the birth of a new one: the Graphic Sonnet (or Sonet Dessinée). The goal of the graphic sonneteer is to take the form of the sonnet, which has become an embarrassment, and raise it to a more ambitious and meaningful level. In doing this, you will have to consider which characteristics of the sonnet can be incorporated into graphics; for example, some formic suggestion of the number 14 seems like a very reasonable requirement. How and whether you choose to represent a rhyme scheme, or the volta, or English-vs-Italian form, etc is up to you.

We will ask you, however, to prove that you have submitted your work to a literary journal, 'zine, magazine, website, or book series (et. al) that publishes sonnets.

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That there was my graphic sonnet.

And here it is in a more standard format. But the format above is really the one I want represented. This here, is just so you can see the phrasing of my poem. This is only here so you can see the feet.
Graphic Sonnet

And here is the comment I posted on I can't wait to see if they love or hate it.
Sonnet Comment

- smaller

One still

One still

So my Praxis has a picture.

Graphic Sonnet

Graphic Sonnet

The whole story.

Sonnet Comment

Sonnet Comment

And here's the comment I posted on

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posted by Ink Tea on January 5th, 2008 8:03 AM

There is no "standard format". Two completions with the same concepts for rhyme and line scheme do not mean there is "standard format"- there are no instructions for how to represent any literary concepts in the task instructions.

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posted by Ink Tea on January 5th, 2008 8:05 AM

I'm glad you decided to undertake this!

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posted by Lincøln on January 5th, 2008 8:11 AM

Thanks. It was very difficult to wrap my brain around. How was I going to get my feet across to an audience without WORDS to rhyme with? Then I saw your amazing completion (go vote for it right now it's so awesome), and a door opened that let the light in. Once the door was cracked, I could then step through it. So thank you for opening the door.

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posted by Ink Tea on January 5th, 2008 8:22 AM

Absolutely. I can't wait to see completions that tackle the concept in an entirely different way- you saw Olly and Beverly Penn's completion, yes?

existentialism comes early
posted by Fonne Tayne on January 5th, 2008 8:32 AM

who is the humble subject of the poem?

betta watch out, lincoln... ink is the sonnet regulator.

but this is v well done. seems the 'video' is as a spoken sonnet... the larger layout is as seeing it written. you clearly worked to get the parallels/symmetry in wrt the photo order, but since i viewed the video first, i didn't see that initially. it did flow very easily, though, being in that strict format... perhaps there is something to be said for convention.

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posted by Lincøln on January 5th, 2008 8:52 AM

Yeah, I knew it would be tough to see the feet with just one viewing, which is why I added the larger version with all of the parts all visible at once, much like Ink Tea did so masterfully.
(and yes, I saw Oliver and Beverly's completion, but I like not using words at all. Let the pictures tell the story.

And that is my nephew starring in mine. I used him, because he's easy on the eyes.

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posted by Ink Tea on January 5th, 2008 9:08 AM

Geeorsh. I'm not the regulator. I just had this inspiration of this task done with a sculpture, and once again struck with sadness that I did so many of these tasks a long time ago.

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posted by Lincøln on January 6th, 2008 6:26 PM

I'd love to see this done with sculpture. I can't wrap my brain around how that'd be done, though. But I'm thinking about it.

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posted by Ink Tea on January 6th, 2008 8:56 PM

I've got it in my head, I just lack the talent required to enact it. And the time. And the materials.

Such is living life from the inside of my head.

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posted by Malaysian Eddy on January 6th, 2008 11:28 PM

drive 4 score = sexual appeal

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posted by Lincøln on January 6th, 2008 11:40 PM

Because I know being an artist does.
If that's true, then my sexual appeal is going to go off the charts soon. My Drive has only just begun.

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posted by Malaysian Eddy on January 7th, 2008 11:53 PM

I actually didn't post that comment above....hrmmmm....

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posted by Lincøln on January 7th, 2008 11:56 PM

That is very interesting...

I wonder who's dressing up and walking around in Eddy skin.