Lauch of the publication reiterations

Thursday, May 26th, 2022 — 6:30 p.m.

reiterations is the most recent publication of poet and artist Fortner Anderson. It is an electronic-book containing 24 sonnets. Each reading of reiterations is unique. Each time the book is opened a software integrated into the e-book recomposes the verses of its 24 sonnets to create 24 new poems.

The poems of reiterations pay homage to the highly versatile form of the sonnet and those poets who used that form to create their master works. 

Using a number of constraints, each of the verses of the 24 poems was composed over a three year period between 2019 and 2021 in Montreal and Sutton, Quebec.

Among its debts to many other poets, this work is particularly beholden to Raymond Queneau’s magistral work Cent mille milliards de poèmes.

On 26th May, the book will be launched with a sample reading of the 24 poems. From that date, copies of the e-publication will be distributed free of charge.

25 copies of reiterations have been created as non-fungible tokens.

Credits:

Poetry and book conception: Fortner Anderson

Software design: Dac Chartrand

Cover design: Fabrizio Gilardino

Layout and typography: Steve Louis