- By Seymour Mayne
Word Sonnets by Seymour Mayne
The word sonnet is a relatively new variation of the traditional form. In essence, it is a fourteen line poem, with one word set for each line. Concise and usually visual in effect, this “miniature” version can contain one or more sentences, as the articulation requires.
Each of the word sonnets in the following sequences attempts to be a pithy and suggestive poem in its own right. Many draw on the seasons and also aim for a compact resonance that may attract the reader to return to them again and again.
French Translations by Sabine Huynh
Seymour Mayne is the author, editor, or translator of more than seventy books. His own writings have been translated into many languages and are represented in over a hundred anthologies. Literary trailblazer and editor, he has compiled groundbreaking anthologies and critical texts. His latest collections include The Old Blue Couch and Other Stories (Ronald P. Frye & Co., 2012), Cusp: Word Sonnets (Ronald P. Frye & Co., 2014), and Le chant de Moïse (Mémoire d’encrier, 2018), a bilingual English-French selection of biblical poems. His most recent, a book-length offering of new work, Perfume: Poems and Word Sonnets (Ronald P. Frye & Co., 2020), marks sixty years since his first writings appeared in a Canadian literary journal. His collection of Word Sonnets is entitled Ricochet: Word Sonnets/Sonnets d’un mot (2011). An extensive volume of new and selected word sonnets is planned for publication in the coming year. Noted as the leading international innovator of the word sonnet, he has given readings and lectured widely on this unique new ‘miniature’ form. He is Professor Emeritus at the University of Ottawa.