Elisabeth Tonnard

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Presentation ‘Voor het ideaal, lees de schaal’


I am very happy to announce my forthcoming poetry book which will be published by het balanseer. More information will follow soon, the book is currently at the printer but the date of its presentation can already be shared. This post will continue in Dutch, which is the language of the book.

Eind november verschijnt mijn poëziebundel Voor het ideaal, lees de schaal bij het balanseer. Meer informatie volgt nog, het boek is momenteel bij de drukker. Het boek is mijn Nederlandstalige poëziedebuut, na eerdere bibliofiele uitgaven.

De presentatie is tijdens de viering van het 10-jarig bestaan van uitgeverij het balanseer, op 29 november vanaf 20.00 uur in het Gouvernement, Gouvernementstraat 7, 9000 Gent. Iedereen is welkom op deze avond. Klik hier voor meer informatie.

Het boek is na verschijning te bestellen via de boekhandel of direct bij het balanseer. Het bevat 144 pagina’s en de prijs is € 22,50.


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November 14, 2017 at 12:48 pm

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Another recent publication in German, Husch! is a small book containing two poems composed from sentences found in a grammar book (Hermann Sanders’ Kurzgefaßtes Lehrbuch der Deutschen Sprache für Chinesen which was first published in 1922). The first poem is titled ‘Was ich weiss’ (What I know), the second poem is ‘Das Wetter’ (The Weather). Each page carries only one line and the lines move about the pages in a free manner.

Published in Berlin, June 2015.

Edition of 65 numbered copies. Black & white printing, perfect bound paperback. Size 10.5 x 14.8 cm, 84 pages.

Priced at € 18,- plus shipping. See some images here.

Order through the webshop or through email.

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July 2, 2015 at 2:32 pm

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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 €18 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 press for World Book Night


My Bukowski inspired OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOhhhhhhhhhHHHH! is ready for printing by Sarah Bodman at the Centre for Fine Print Research in Bristol tonight (in celebration of World Book Night). The invitation was to create a summary of Bukowski’s Post Office. Wishing everyone happy printing!

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April 23, 2014 at 7:10 pm

Exhibition in Heerlen

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My work in the show ‘Eeuwige Jachtvelden’ curated by Maarten Dings for Kunstencentrum Signe in Heerlen, The Netherlands. The text is from De wereld zou meeuw, particularly a section on the boredom of growing up in the surroundings of Heerlen. The show runs from December 13 till January 26. More details about the show here. And here are some more photos of the work as shown.

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December 10, 2013 at 11:45 am

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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


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Eight of my poems appeared in Poëziekrant, 1/2013. Acht Nederlandstalige gedichten verschenen in Poëziekrant, nr. 1, 2013.

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April 11, 2013 at 10:36 am

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