Ricochet: Word Sonnets - Sonnets d'un mot by Seymour MayneRicochet: Word Sonnets - Sonnets d'un mot by Seymour Mayne

Ricochet: Word Sonnets - Sonnets d'un mot

bySeymour MayneTranslated bySabine Huynh

Paperback | April 30, 2011

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Ricochet is a bilingual collection of word sonnets by one of the chief innovators of the form, Seymour Mayne. It includes three sequences of pithy and evocative poems that encapsulate moments of sharp perception while also drawing attention to instants of humour that suddenly appear in daily life.

Concise and visual in effect, word sonnets are fourteen line poems, with one word per line. Frequently allusive and imagistic, they can also be irreverent and playful. While informed by other short poetry forms such as the Haiku, Mayne's word sonnets are deeply influenced by the Talmudic tradition of maxims, proverbs and images that instruct and inform everyday life.

Presented with an excellent translation of the poems into French, Ricochet is a unique volume that showcases this innovative new form. The collection also includes a short preface by the poet and an introductory essay by the translator on the challenges of translating word sonnets.

Ricochet est un recueil bilingue de sonnets d'un mot écrits par l'un des principaux innovateurs de cette forme poétique, Seymour Mayne. On y trouve trois séries de poèmes piquants et évocateurs, qui recèlent des moments de perception aiguë, tout en attirant l'attention sur des instants d'humour surgissant tout à coup dans la vie quotidienne.

Les sonnets d'un mot sont des poèmes de quatorze lignes, concis, ayant un mot par ligne, et à l'effet visuel certain. Souvent elliptiques et imagés, ils s'avèrent aussi parfois irrévérencieux et taquins. Bien qu'inspirés par d'autres formes de courts poèmes, comme le haïku, les sonnets de Seymour Mayne sont profondément liés à la tradition talmudique des maximes, proverbes et images qui éclairent la vie quotidienne.

Présentant une excellente traduction des poèmes en français, Ricochet est un livre unique qui met en valeur cette nouvelle forme littéraire. L'ouvrage comprend également une courte préface du poète et une introduction de la traductrice sur les défis que comporte la traduction de sonnets d'un mot.

Seymour Mayne is the author, editor or translator of more than fifty books and monographs. His writings have been translated into many languages, including French, German, Hebrew, Polish, Russian, and Spanish. His latest collections include Light Industry (Mosaic Press, 2000), Ricochet: Word Sonnets (Mosaic Press, 2004), September Rain...
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Title:Ricochet: Word Sonnets - Sonnets d'un motFormat:PaperbackDimensions:158 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.5 inPublished:April 30, 2011Publisher:University Of Ottawa PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:2760307611

ISBN - 13:9782760307612

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Read from the Book

OMENS

Birds
script
the
auspicious
calligraphy
of
flight
as
they
arc,
link
sky
and
earth.

 

LES PRÉSAGES

Les
oiseaux
tracent
la
calligraphie
prometteue
du
vol,
ligne
courbe
unissant
ciel
et
terre.

Editorial Reviews

This is an A5 perfect bound book of word sonnets. Poets for about the last 20-30 years in the UK have produced word sonnets and it has proved to be a very restricting form. It is extremely difficult to produce outstanding word sonnets, worthy of re-reading, as they tend to end up being one or two sentences written vertically with a line count of 14 with the 'so what' factor. Some do have more than one word to a line, but Mayne's word sonnets all have one word to the line as can be seen in DECEMBER FLIGHT:Thesestarlingsswerveinflocks,turningtheirfranticwingstowardsthesun'sslantinglight.This word sonnet builds a laudable image. Nature is predominant in Seymour Mayne's word sonnets, as is a sense of spirituality, which is not commonly achieved in this form. JUNE HEAT sets a nature scene and focuses on light:Aflashbackofsnowshadowsthisthicklingeringwindandcurtainofhumidlight.Doreen King, New Hope International Review