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“Ranjit transcends rather than translates content, operating on a level where he freely moulds language as pure abstracts beyond and away from the confines of the medium.”  —Vicki Bennett

“Ranjit Bhatnagar brings to life what Paul Klee might have called a ‘twittering machine’— a device that, in this case, collates sonnets from a chorus of online tweets. Each sonnet reveals the inadvertent pentameters of poetry, hidden in our daily, banal speech. Such a whimsical anthology reveals that, unlike the poets of today, our machines are only getting smarter. Each tweet enlivens us with its haphazard surprises, while all the algorithms race by us, sprinting up Parnassus.” —Christian Bök

While attempting to make a musical instrument based on spoken English, Ranjit Bhatnagar realized he could use the computer to find poetic forms in written texts. The result was Pentametron, a program that finds iambic pentameter in Twitter’s endless linguistic torrent and collects it in rhymed couplets. Encomials: Sonnets from Pentametron consists entirely of these tweets, automatically assembled into sonnets. Bhatnagar chose his favorite sonnets from hundreds that were generated, adding punctuation according to his own whims. Each chapter of the book conforms to a different formal constraint exemplified by its title.

Part of the series Using Electricity.

 

Ranjit Bhatnagar works in music, installation, and text, with a particular interest in algorithmic techniques and in improvisation at all stages of creation. His works have been exhibited across the United States and in Europe. Last summer, Ranjit worked with Ad Hoc Art Collective to build a large scale musical installation in Denmark. He has worked with New Orleans Airlift to build several tiny musical houses. He has performed recently with Lea Bertucci, Thessia Machado, and Margaret Leng Tan. His heaviest work is Stone Song, a 7500 pound outdoor sound sculpture; his longest is The Tapestry of the Search for Terrestrial Intelligence at 44 yards.

Encomials: Sonnets from Pentametron
September, 2018
Ranjit Bhatnagar
$21.00; 6″ x 8.25″
72 pgs.
ISBN 978-1-93-399666-0