The publication of bill bissett’s Rush: what fuckan theory; a study of language in 1972 firmly ushered Canadian poetics into the postmodern era. Out of print for 40 years – and reissued here complete with an interview with bissett about the book’s creation and a critical afterword by derek beaulieu and Gregory Betts – Rush embodies a collagist, multi-conscious approach to art that recognizes no division between the work and the world, the author and his sexuality, his breath, his influences; the theory and the practice. Arguing that “a new line has startid,” Rush captures the urgency of a new model of production that resists the closure and mastery of any one mind. It is an elegant rejection of aesthetic ego and all presumptions of authority. Rush: what fuckan theory; a study of language is a vital, vocal protest against business as usual and the exploitation of the individual from one of Canada’s most important avant-garde poets.
bill bissett opened Canadian poetry to postmodernism and from there proceeded in every direction all at once. Since his invention of the blewointment press in 1963, bissett has worked diligently to explode all boundaries of author, text, and context, radically disrupting static and disciplinary modes of art making. Read, taught, studied, and imitated all around the world, he now lives in Toronto, painting and writing somewhere between painting and poetry.
derek beaulieu is the author of nine books of poetry and conceptual fiction, editor of the acclaimed small presses housepress and No Press. He is an instructor at Mount Royal University and the Alberta College of Art + Design.
Gregory Betts is the Director of Canadian Studies and the Graduate Program Director of Canadian and American Studies at Brock University. He is the author of five books of poetry, and the editor of four books of experimental Canadian writing.
112 pages | 7×10 inches | paperback
EPUB ISBN 9781927040454
Chris Turnbull, the editor of Rout/e magazine has just included a visual poem of mine as part of a poetic route. Turnbull wrote that my poem was planted “along the Dwyer Hill entrance point to Marlborough Forest.”
My poem “edges the first water section of the trail. It is often near flooded, the left and right sides of the swamp (track bisecting) quite dramatically different. It’s one of the first places the geese return to, and [Turnbull has] sighted blandings turtles (endangered), water snakes, marsh wrens, and muskrat in abundance. And, of course, frogs among other things.”
Better co-ordinates soon, but “if you go to Google Earth, to Dwyer Hill, locate roughly half way between Flood Road and Heaphy Road and head for the chunk of obvious water. The trail is unobservable…”
Audiatur Print (Norway) has just released a new print of my work, as designed Judith Naerland. More information can be found here (in Norwegian)
No Press is proud to announce the publication of
By Craig Dworkin
‘My idea for these poems is that they be like cigarettes. On the one hand, briefly intense and repaying as much focused contemplation as you want to give them — each is in fact composed according to a rigorous and elided formal logic — but then also, at the very same time, merely discardable amusements: quickly read and easily forgotten, thrown away without a second thought as soon as they are finished.’ — Craig Dworkin
Originally published in the UK by Matchbox in May 2007, No press is proud to return this rarely-seen edition to print.
Published in a limited edition of 50 copies (25 of which are for sale) each copy consists of 34 loose cards in a hand-typed envelope.
Copies are available for $8.00 each (including postage).
To order, please contact derek beaulieu
Geof Huth has just released a limited edition broadside of 2 of my visual poems. “db” (as titled by Huth) is available for US$2 postpaid, most of which cost will be mailing costs (he’s also open to trades). More information on the work, and how to order, can be found here.
In 1913 Blaise Cendrars created his monumental Prose of the Trans-Siberian, a milestone in the history of artists books and visual poetry. When the intended edition of 150 copies was laid end-to-end they measured the same length as the height of the symbol of Parisian Modernity, the Eiffel Tower. Prose of the Trans-Canada responds to Cendrars’ legacy in a 16″ x 52″ visual poem. When all 150 copies of this limited edition are placed end-to-end, the resultant length is the same as the symbol of Calgarian Modernity, the Calgary Tower.
“A towering moment in beaulieu’s on-going exploration of letraset as a medium for concrete poetry, Prose of the Trans-Canada, issued as Moments Cafe No. 8, is published in a strictly limited edition of 150 copies printed on matte polypro film and available for order here.”
At each of my scheduled speaking engagements this spring (St.Catharines March 10/11, New York City March 29, Philadelphia March 31, Lethbridge April 8, Manchester April 30 and more to come) I will be handing out a series of poetic leaflets. The series is still expanding, but so far includes:
“I Want to Have a Chuck and Di Party Like My Parents Did in the 80s” – Elizabeth Bachinsky
“Special Containment Procedure 001″ – Jonathan Ball
“Kern 12″ – derek beaulieu
“Measurement” – Jason Christie
“from How to be Everywhere” – Warren Craghead III
“Proud Fiends / I Lace Words” – Jon Paul Fiorentino
“Viau’s Corsets” – Helen Hajnoczky
“Errors to Correct before Reading” – Bronwyn Haslam & Samuel Garrigó Meza
“The National Research Council Official Time Signal” – Emma Healey
“On Sadness” – Jake Kennedy
“finally” – Billy Mavreas
“Pain Extracts” – kevin mcpherson eckhoff
“Home” – a.rawlings
“Business Casual” – Kyle Schlesinger
“Alphabetica 11″ – Eric Zboya
“from The Tolerance Project” – Rachel Zolf & co.
each leaflet is produced in edition of 50 copies (25 of which will be available for distribution) — keep an eye out!
This Kennedy’s first published excerpt from his bio-fiction on the life of Madeline Gins, completely authorized by Gins herself.
Published in an edition of 50 copies (25 of which are for sale), this leaflet sells for $2.00
To order, please contact derek beaulieu.
A beautiful visual poem, this visual poem is presented as 6-panel suite combining typography and anatomy…
Published in an edition of 50 copies (25 of which are for sale), this leaflet sells for $1.50
To order, please contact derek beaulieu.