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THE VIRTUAL SONNETS

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To contribute to Edward Carson's Virtual Sonnets project, sign in to your Open Book account and post your two-line stanza in the comments field below.

So begins the first three stanzas of a sonnet we can write together . . .

Spring

What represents you, waiting upon the desire to find
you here, the image of spring, wishing for what might be

before seeing, the sensing prolonged into ripple effect
of you who might be havened or helled in such whetted light.

Then it was you who danced through dawn’s silvered blades
warming the song of greening shoots with your willing step

Welcome to “The Virtual Sonnets,” a literary project built around the notion of collective writing online. Poetry is seamless and transferable in a way that no other genre can approach. It takes its shape organically, piecing together an emergent and integrative logic of the mind and heart. The Virtual Sonnets is a call to discover what emerges when many hearts and minds create together.

How will it Work?

Each week I’ll provide a new title as well as the opening first two lines.

We begin this week with “Spring," listed above.

As co-writers, you are invited to submit to me each succeeding two-line stanza in keeping with the ongoing, daily evolution of the sonnet.

Each submission should contain your name and a single two-line stanza. Submit as often as you wish.

The sonnet structure will be a simple 14 lines (no other structure/rhyming rules), except that we’ll divide it into seven, two-line stanzas.

During each week we’ll be able to watch the sonnet organically evolve toward completion as new two-line stanzas are added.

As editor, I’ll have the final say as to which daily submissions work best within the evolution of each weekly sonnet, editing and piecing together the final version.

Each week Open Book will publish the completed sonnet along with the names of those whose stanzas helped to complete the poem.

Begin your submissions now!

Edward Carson

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Terms

When submitting each two-line stanza(s) to “The Virtual Sonnets” project (the “Work”), the participant (the “Author”) agrees to abide by the following terms:

All two-line stanza submissions accepted for publication within the Work by the Author must be original and not infringe copyright or the rights of any other party, individual or otherwise, including but not limited to any person, group, entity or company.

The Author grants and assigns free of charge to Open Book a non-exclusive license for use of the accepted submission(s) within the Work in Open Book’s electronic publications, including reprint for review purposes online, other websites or electronic platforms.

The Author’s name and e-mail address is collected solely for the purposes of administering the Work and shall not be used for any other purpose without consent.

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Then it was you who danced through dawn’s silvered blades
warming the song of greening shoots with your willing step

THE VIRTUAL SONNETS

To contribute to Edward Carson's Virtual Sonnets project, sign in to your Open Book account and post your two-line stanza in the comments field below.

So begins the first two stanzas of a sonnet we can write together . . .

Spring

What represents you, waiting upon the desire to find
you here, the image of spring, wishing for what might be

before seeing, the sensing prolonged into ripple effect
of you who might be havened or helled in such whetted light.

Welcome to “The Virtual Sonnets,” a literary project built around the notion of collective writing online. Poetry is seamless and transferable in a way that no other genre can approach. It takes its shape organically, piecing together an emergent and integrative logic of the mind and heart. The Virtual Sonnets is a call to discover what emerges when many hearts and minds create together.

How will it Work?

Each week I’ll provide a new title as well as the opening first two lines.

We begin this week with “Spring," listed above, which already has added a second submitted stanza.

As co-writers, you are invited to submit to me each succeeding two-line stanza in keeping with the ongoing, daily evolution of the sonnet.

Each submission should contain your name and a single two-line stanza. Submit as often as you wish.

The sonnet structure will be a simple 14 lines (no other structure/rhyming rules), except that we’ll divide it into seven, two-line stanzas.

During each week we’ll be able to watch the sonnet organically evolve toward completion as new two-line stanzas are added.

As editor, I’ll have the final say as to which daily submissions work best within the evolution of each weekly sonnet, editing and piecing together the final version.

Each week Open Book will publish the completed sonnet along with the names of those whose stanzas helped to complete the poem.

We launch The Virtual Sonnet project today, April 1, 2011 . . . Poetry Month!

Begin your submissions now!

Edward Carson

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Terms

When submitting each two-line stanza(s) to “The Virtual Sonnets” project (the “Work”), the participant (the “Author”) agrees to abide by the following terms:

All two-line stanza submissions accepted for publication within the Work by the Author must be original and not infringe copyright or the rights of any other party, individual or otherwise, including but not limited to any person, group, entity or company.

The Author grants and assigns free of charge to Open Book a non-exclusive license for use of the accepted submission(s) within the Work in Open Book’s electronic publications, including reprint for review purposes online, other websites or electronic platforms.

The Author’s name and e-mail address is collected solely for the purposes of administering the Work and shall not be used for any other purpose without consent.

Thanks for this next step . . . Who out there would like to add another stanza?

OK Edwardo, how about these 2 lines next:

before seeing, the sensing prolonged into ripple effect
of you who might be havened or helled in such whetted light

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Edward Carson

Edward Carson is twice winner of the E. J. Pratt Poetry Award in Canada and is the author of three books of poetry — Scenes, Taking Shape and Birds Flock Fish School.

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