Wednesday, October 24, 2012

 Chris Piuma's The Constellated Sonnets (self-published 1995). The work, he explains, is "a series of 150 poems in which all the words in each line but one are erased from Shakespeare's sonnets. The punctuation, as you'll see, is left behind," and "I randomly selected the words. (Rolling a d10; if a 6 came up, using the sixth word, and if there was no sixth word in that line, rerolling," on his blog. Here's his Sonnet 18 ("Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day"):
And, we can read the entire project in .pdf form, here.


  1. I know Chris, but somehow I missed these .They are lovely.

    I'm surprised particularly because I have a book which erases all the text of the sonnets and leaves only the punctuation -- which is written out as words.

    Really enjoy this blog, btw.



    1. Thanks for telling me about Servants of Dust -- so many people are doing such great work here! I'm glad to know of yours.

      You've seen Jen Bervin's Dickinson punctuation project, I imagine?