Published March 2011
Ted Berrigan’s seminal The Sonnets is renowned for its famous use of cut up technique and reconfiguration throughout the sequence. Derek Henderson’s erasure Thus & eliminates all word and typographical duplications. In addition to the strikingly beautiful, often minimalist, sonnets created by Henderson, Thus & asks new questions of each Berrigan sonnet and the sequence as a whole. Thus & reveals (conceals) not only the clusters of phrases/lines that were cloned by Berrigan but also words which he repeated; many obviously subconsciously. What is left in Thus & is part skeleton, and underbelly, of maître-sonneteer Berrigan’s The Sonnets and part alien remix by techno-magician Derek Henderson.
About the author
Derek Henderson lives with his wife and kids in Salt Lake City, Utah, where he teaches writing and literature at Utah Valley University. He is author, with Derek Pollard, of Inconsequentia(Blazevox). His poems have been published in Fence, Black Warrior Review, VOLT, Colorado Review, Bombay Gin, and elsewhere.