Elisabeth Tonnard

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They Were Like Poetry


I’m happy to announce my new book. It consists of poems based on a suggestion by James Joyce.

The poems are exercises, composed from sentences that were themselves meant as exercises. The sentences come from a popular 19th century school grammar by Alexander Allen and James Cornwell. Joyce mentions the “nice sentences” in this book and the idea of them as poetry in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man:

And there were nice sentences in Doctor Cornwell’s Spelling Book. They were like poetry but they were only sentences to learn the spelling from.
——Wolsey died in Leicester Abbey
——Where the abbots buried him.
——Canker is a disease of plants,
——Cancer one of animals.
It would be nice to lie on the hearthrug before the fire, leaning his head upon his hands, and think on those sentences.

Which is what I did.

The edition consists of 100 numbered copies. The book is self-published, has black & white printing, a paperback binding, and contains 68 pages.

Priced at €24 plus shipping. The book can be ordered through my webshop or by sending me an email. It will also be available at the table I’m sharing with Joachim Schmid at the New York Art Book Fair, September 25-28.

See some images by clicking here.

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August 2, 2014 at 3:27 pm


On this new page on my site I will start adding pdf’s of poetry, translations, (visual) essays and such that I published in years past, mostly from literary magazines, and mostly in Dutch.

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May 18, 2013 at 6:49 pm


I will give a talk about the use of white space/erasure/tipp-ex in my work at Perdu in Amsterdam on April 5th and also read from my book De wereld is er. The evening starts at 20:30. With Elisabeth Tonnard, Dennis Gaens, Kiene Brillenburg Wurth and Mikko Kuiper.

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March 19, 2013 at 2:53 pm

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The Man of the Crowd

The Man of the Crowd is a reflection on a short story by Edgar Allan Poe and a street occurrence that I photographed in Paris. The main part of the work is a series of 56 photographs, tracking a 21st century flâneur, followed by imagetexts based on linguistic analyses of Poe’s story. Each book is marked with a distinct word from Poe’s story, which limits the edition to the number of different words in the tale. Published November 2012.

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January 7, 2013 at 2:20 pm

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