The Sonnets

By Ted Berrigan; Alice Notley (Editor); Alice Notley (Introduction by)
Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780140589276, 128pp.

Publication Date: October 2000

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Description
Originally published in 1964, The Sonnets by Ted Berrigan is considered by many to be his most important and influential book. This new annotated edition, with an introduction by Alice Notley, includes seven previously uncollected works. Like Shakespeare's sonnets, Berrigan's poems involve friendship and love triangles, but while the former happen chronologically, Berrigan's happen in the moment, with the story buried beneath a surface of names, repetitions, and fragmented experience. Reflecting the new American sensibilities of the 1960's as well as timeless poetic themes, The Sonnets is both eclectic and classical the poems are monumental riddles worth contemplating.



About the Author
Ted Berrigan (1934-1983) was the author of more than 20 books, including "Bean Spasms", with Ron Padgett and Joe Brainard; "Red Wagon;" and "A Certain Slant of Sunlight." Alice Notley's numerous collections include "In the Pines" and "Grave of Light, " winner of the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize. Anselm Berrigan is the author of "Free Cell "and many other works. Poet and songwriter Edmund Berrigan is the author of "Disarming Matter "and, most recently, "Glad Stone Children".Alice Notley (born 8 November 1945) is an American poet. She was born in Bisbee, Arizona and grew up in Needles, California. She received a B.A from Barnard College in 1967 and an M.F.A. from the Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa in 1969. She married poet Ted Berrigan in 1972, with whom she was active in the Chicago poetry scene and with whom she had two sons. In the early 70s she became rooted in New York's Lower East Side, where she was an important force from 1976 through 1992. After Berrigan died in 1983, Notley raised their two sons in New York's East Village by herself for several years while continuing to develop her poetry. In 1992 she moved to Paris with her second husband, the British poet Douglas Oliver (1937-2000). She lives in Paris currently, making several trips to the United States each year to give readings and teach writing classes. She is the author of over twenty five books of poetry. Recent titles include REASON AND OTHER WOMEN (Chax Press, 2010), NEGATIVITY'S KISS (Presses Universitaires de Rouen, 2014), MANHATTAN LUCK (Hearts Desire Press, 2014), and BENEDICTION (Letter Machine Editions, 2015).Alice Notley (born 8 November 1945) is an American poet. She was born in Bisbee, Arizona and grew up in Needles, California. She received a B.A from Barnard College in 1967 and an M.F.A. from the Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa in 1969. She married poet Ted Berrigan in 1972, with whom she was active in the Chicago poetry scene and with whom she had two sons. In the early 70s she became rooted in New York's Lower East Side, where she was an important force from 1976 through 1992. After Berrigan died in 1983, Notley raised their two sons in New York's East Village by herself for several years while continuing to develop her poetry. In 1992 she moved to Paris with her second husband, the British poet Douglas Oliver (1937-2000). She lives in Paris currently, making several trips to the United States each year to give readings and teach writing classes. She is the author of over twenty five books of poetry. Recent titles include REASON AND OTHER WOMEN (Chax Press, 2010), NEGATIVITY'S KISS (Presses Universitaires de Rouen, 2014), MANHATTAN LUCK (Hearts Desire Press, 2014), and BENEDICTION (Letter Machine Editions, 2015).



Praise For The Sonnets

The Sonnets are an enduring benchmark in mid-20th-century American poetics. Intimate, endlessly inventive, they make an extraordinary manifest of that time and all its habits of person and place. They are without question a great literary artifact but they are also the unique presence of our human world — just yesterday, as one says, and now forever and ever. Alice Notley has done a consummate job of editing and her notes and introduction are an excellent resource for all present-day poets and readers alike”
Robert Creeley

“One of the most significant works of twentieth-century American poetry, Ted Berrigan’s Sonnets remains as present and perspicacious as it was when it first appeared in the world almost forty years ago. Its vivacity remains unabashed, its momentum remains undeterred. It is a work in time about time’s inability to stop life. The Sonnets denies nothing; it acknowledges fear and tragedy; it discovers hilarity and speaks of beauty and of love. It encompasses plenitude; it is great.”
Lyn Heinian

“Even though out of print for much of the last third of the 20th century, Ted Berrigan’s The Sonnets has inspired and influenced several generations of poets. Its present reissue in a definitive, annotated form is a major event in Anglophone literature. Its playful range of verbal pyrotechnics serves to convey a unique sensibility, sense of humor, strength of feeling. The Sonnets is a modern (or, if you wish, postmodern) classic, an exemplary source book for innovative writing strategies. Dazzling but not faddish, solid but not solemn, The Sonnets is poetry that gives you things to think about, and to think about again. And again.”
Anselm Hollo

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