Derek Beaulieu’s a, A Novel erases all the text in Andy Warhol’s 1968 novel, leaving only the punctuation marks, typists’ insertions and onomatopoeic words.

(drowned out by traffic noise): a, A Novel, created in collaboration with Alan Dunn, composes ten audio responses to the book into this single 60-minute soundtrack (MP3 here):

Pascalle Burton – After the After Party, 1979 radio
Cecilie Bjørgås Jordheim and Stine Janvin Joh – p343 for Theodor W. Adorno
Peter Jaeger – a A Novel p85
Karri Kokko – Haukotus (Yawn) A
Sylvain Chauveau – a, page 113
Cecilie Bjørgås Jordheim – p343 dick isn’t that big (16mm soundtrack)
Gary Barwin – Typing Warhol Page 1
Prof. Oddfellow – Clockwork Punctuation
Gary Barwin & Arnold McBay – texture: code: sound
Alan Dunn & collaborators – p100/101 featuring Molly Wookey, an elderly lady on whom Dr. Arthur Spencer at Powick Psychiatric Hospital trialed heavy doses of LSD + Weirdomusic Drip, Drip, Drip + The Ramonas Let’s Dance + WOMPS recording with Steve Albini in Chicago, captured by Katie Strang + AD&THEFILMTAXI X + Jean-Philippe Renoult Nosey Noises, a medley of George Clinton’s nostril noise and breathing + Jeff Young Chapter III (ocean) and Chapter IV (ritual) + Noisesurfer Silence and Water.

Artwork by Arnold McBay, design by 67projects, Peter Jaeger track mastered by Ken Brake at Regal Lane Studio, London. This is cantaudio047, 2018.

Edition of 250, 60-minute audio track on CD in 215gsm card wallet finished with Gloss Machine finish, plus 1″ button badge. Available for £10 including p&p by PayPal


Please donate to the Priscila Uppal Memorial Fund, which supports a Fellowship in Creative Writing at York University. Priscila was a great mentor, colleague, friend, author and teacher — she will be missed by so many.

X-Peri features 9 samples from my Vexations Vol.4 … and a review by Nathan Spoon of my a, A Novel.

new from Ireland’s REDFOXPRESS is COUNTER/WEIGHT, a collection of letraset-based visual poems which explore fractures and remnants, pieces and crumbs in symmetrical radiation …

derek beaulieu’s Fragmentum is a 5×7″chapbook of 6 pages printed in an edition of 55 copies. A sturdy little chapbook printed entirely on cardstock and bound with a butterfly clip for a slightly different navigational process.

In Fragmentum, beaulieu continues to probe the possibilities of his favorite medium, letraset. Moving away from his signature compositions consisting of recognizable letters which spread across the page like topographical landscapes, the pieces in Fragmentum embrace the broken, fragmented inevitability of the aging medium to present abstract forms where letter fragments combine to build a sculptural asemic language.

In March I was delighted to deliver a lecture in the INSIDE/OUT series at The School of Art, Architecture & Design at Leeds Beckett University. Great thanks to Simon Morris, Leeds-Beckett University and the Laurence Sterne Trust for making my visit possible. The entire lecture is now available online, and you can watch it here . .

new from No PRESS:

aeiou by Franco Cortese

Produced in a limited edition of 50 copies, 20 of which are for sale.


to order, please email derek beaulieu at

from the author’s afterword: “aeiou is an attempt to venture as close as possible to the lipogrammatic limits of language. Each of the poems in this small chapbook comprise a multilingual lipogram composed exclusively of the collected one-letter words of each of the five vowels in the English language, borrowed from a wide variety of languages and strung together according to the structures of English grammar. As such, these poems are also an attempt to embody the limit case of lipograms, in the sense that they each eschew the use of all letters save one. Each lipogrammatic poem is followed by its cognate English translation. The majority of these poems are necessarily multilingual, with the exceptions of “è” and “-i”, which are composed of the Romanized “pinyin” and “rōmaji” transcriptions of Chinese and Japanese logograms, respectively.”

This winter I had the opportunity to spend a week guest teaching students at the  School of Art, Architecture and Design at Leeds Beckett University. With students Christopher Allen-Geraghty, Rosie Blyth, Lauren Brown, Isaac Goode, Ben Newbould, Athanasios Raptis, Jaydon Rowbottom, Thomas Small, Harvey Steele and Imogen Wood (with great thanks to Simon Morris and Jo Hammil; and Christian Bok for contributing a inspiring text for the graduates   ) we created a series of visual images which are now being used to promote the graduate exhibit … welcome to BEAUTIFUL THINKING!