The 50th piece in an ongoing series of visual transcriptions of every page of Finnegans Wake – a rendering of Joyce’s book of the dark‬. Each piece is created – graphite on paper – using an artistic technique called “blind contour” whereby the artist looks at the subject matter and NOT at the page he is creating (thus emphasizing hand-eye coordination and dedicated observation); blind-contour drawings often produce off-kilter depictions as an exercise in artistic weight-training.

These readings/writings echo Jame Joyce’s infamous blackboards and over-sized drafts during the creation of Finnegans Wake — my texts are records of readings.

friends in Paris: meet me at Yvon Lambert Bookshop on July 8th for the launch of a, A Novel!

8 July at 18:0021:00

Yvon Lambert Bookshop

108 rue Vieille du Temple, 75003 Paris, France

The Elephants features excerpts from my forthcoming A, A NOVEL






I’m thrilled that four of my students at Alberta College of Art + Design have volumes published through Poetry will be Made by All, and i encourage you to download or order of these fabulous first books:

Let me Introduce Myself — Stephanie Pauline Orr

#girlproblems – Victoria Braun

Shop Talk – Graeme Deardon

There was Warning – Natalie Lauchlan

and – a bonus – Ken Hunt’s Space Administration was also published during his tenure as an undergraduate student at the University of Calgary. . .

Poetry will be Made by Allan evolving exhibition, which investigates the significance of poetry and poetic practices today, as part of the ongoing research project, 89plus. Expanding on the emergent poetics of online distribution systems and the prominence of poetry in 89plus projects to date, the exhibition brings together works from renowned and upcoming international poets and writers within displays created by their peers working in design, visual arts and architecture. Inspired by the seminal exhibition “Transform the world! Poetry must be made by all!” curated by Ronald Hunt at the invitation of Pontus Hulten for the Moderna Museet in Stockholm in 1969, the exhibitions highlight how the written word, far from being diminished, finds a renewed importance within today’s digital information networks.

Running as a parallel project, ‘1000 Books by 1000 Poets’ will publish and disperse one thousand new books of expanded writing and poetry by authors from over fifty countries and spanning six continents. All books are published in the online library, where they are available as a free digital download as well as print-on-demand.




New from No Press:

Glosas for Tired Eyes

by Dani Spinosa.

Published in an edition of 50 hand-bound copies — of which only 20 are for sale.


Taking inspiration from 8 different prominent visual poets, Spinosa has created a series of feminist and revisionist interventions made available by doctoring the glosa form to fit concrete typewriter poetics.

To order a copy, please email


S0695069.jpegWordsWorth is a week-long sleepover creative writing residency for young writers who believe in the power of words. Writers will be completely immersed in the creative and diverse world of writing. Guided by established and respected artist-instructors, writers will experience writing through fiction, poetry, spoken word, music, drama, film making, monologue and nonfiction. But the experiences don’t begin and end with the classes, WordsWorth is a place where young writers come together to celebrate writing through friendship, campfires, concerts, open mic sessions, hikes, haikus and rousing games of Death Polo in the pool.

I’m teaching in the camp’s third week – and there’s still room to register your teen to join us for an amazing summer!

Arn McBay has animated one of the pieces from ABC: An Abecedarium

order my new chapbook, “ABC – An ABeCeDarium” from Malmo, Sweden’s Timglaset editions

Do you remember your first alphabet? It might have come in the shape of a book with funny pictures depicting animals and objects beginning with a, b, c etc. Or maybe it was a school poster with all the letters, both capitals and lowercase, in an easy to read font. The alphabet is forever inscribed in all of us as the beginning of all reading and writing and that is what makes Derek Beaulieu’s ABC – An ABeCeDarium so special. It’s not an alphabet for novices but rather one for those who are eager to relearn what an alphabet can be and how it can be used.

In ABC Beaulieu uses two outmoded techniques – ink and dry transfer letters – to create an alphabet which is far removed from the one we learned at school but no less beautiful. The dry transfer letters are old and seem to be falling apart, their outlines fractured and parts of individual letters missing completely, creating a kind of beauty which is perfectly in tune with a society where the meaning of words and sentences seem to be crumbling. The ink adds another layer of refreshing destruction to these ragged letters. Blots, splashes and stains further obscure their original shapes. This is indeed an ABeCeDarium, an alphabet so original and strange that it requires a neologism. Browsing through a list of words with the same suffix I stop at crematorium, planetarium and sanitorium. They seem all to have some sort of kinship with Beaulieu’s ABeCeDarium.

Derek Beaulieu, ABC – An ABeCeDarium, 32 pages with 26 plates printed in black and white, handbound with a handmade cover. Edition of 99 copies. 8 EUR + postage.

Photographs of my translation / resetting of Mallarme’s “Un Coup de Des” currently on exhibit at the 48th Poetry International Festival – Rotterdam (photos courtesy Amy Catanzano).


George Elliott Clarke, Canada’s Parliamentary Poet Laureate, features my work in his “Poem of the Month” series . . .