It was a real pleasure to be the guest editor of the 3rd issue of ACAD’s Catalyst Magazine …
I’m proud to announce that Manchester’s IF P THEN Q press has just published
The Unbearable Contact with Poets
(120 pp, free PDF or perfect bound copy for £5.00, ISBN: 978-0-9571827-8-3)
The Unbearable Contact with Poets, derek beaulieu’s second selection of essays and reviews, is essential reading. A keen and shrewd essayist, he marks himself out as one of the key commentators on contemporary concrete and conceptual poetry. The selection includes a substantial review of concrete poetry by women, an exploration into concrete and conceptual poetic representations of the holocaust, alongside interviews with Tony Trehy, Natalie Simpson and Gregory Betts, as well as lots more. The edition is available as a free PDF and as a perfect bound copy.
76 pages, 7.5″x7.5″, full-colour, perfect-bound
i was honoured to be invited by the Institute for Canadian Citizenship to speak at Calgary’s canadian citizenship ceremony on oct 16 at Arts Commons. I spoke alongside Nobel prize nominee Doreen Spence, Arts Commons President and CEO Johan Zietsman and many other luminaries as we welcomed 59 new Canadians to the country…
Are you a fan of Little Free Libraries? Do you regularly take – or leave – a book at these little wooden houses scattered throughout our neighborhoods?
Now you can become a Well-Traveled Reader and earn a badge of honour!
Visit our Passport Office (at Calgary Reads) and pick up your FREE Passport. Then with family, friends or your special group visit the 14 listed, unique Little Free Libraries (reader citizenship posts!) in Calgary. Use the stamp inside each Little Free Library to stamp your Passport on the corresponding page. Return to the Passport Office with at least 10 stamps in your Passport and receive a custom ‘Well-Traveled Reader’ badge to sew onto your jacket, backpack or cap. This project is an exciting collaboration with Calgary’s poet laureate Derek Beaulieu.
The Little Free Library Passport features my visual poetry on every page — and if you visit the LFL locations around the city you can collect a series of stamps for your passport…
Today I guest lectured David Gissen‘s fantastic graduate-level “Architecture Between Writing and Drawing: Exploring Alphanumerical Representations of Spaces and Environments” graduate seminar at the University of Calgary. 20+ graduate students discussed the architectural implications of text and how innovative poetic methods can inform architectural practice — and students spent some time collaborative architecturally-poetic plans using dry-transfer lettering … Thank you so much for the opportunity to chat with such engaged students!
Coming Soon from Manchester’s If P Then Q Press:
Proposed as a collection of imaginary logos for the corporate sponsors of Borges’ Library of Babel, Kern balances on a precipice between the visual and nonsensical, offering poems just out of meaning’s reach. Using dry-transfer lettering, derek beaulieu made these concrete pieces by hand, building the images gesturally in response to shapes and patterns in the letters themselves. This is poetry closer to architecture and design than confession, in which letters are released from their usual semantic duties as they slide into unexpected affinities and new patterns. Kern highlights the gaps inside what we see and what we know, filling the familiar with the singular and the just seen with the faintly remembered.
Reviews of KERN:
Canadian Literature (review by Eric Schmaltz)
Pank Magazine (review by Klara du Plessis)
decomP Magazine (review by Spencer Dew)
Cordite Review (review by Caren Florance)
London Open Mic Poetry Night (review by Frank Davey)
Beatroute (review by Brad Simm)
Cultural Weekly (review by Mike Sonksen)
Winnipeg Free Press (review by Jonathan Ball)
Neon Tommy (review by Olivia Niland)
“Kern’s Refusal: On Exchanging Visual Ramifications” (and interview with Pablo Lopez)