An astronaut miner extracting the precious moon gas that promises to reverse the Earth’s energy crisis nears the end of his three-year contract, and makes an ominous discovery in this psychological sci-fi film starring Sam Rockwell and Kevin Spacey. As Sam’s contract comes to an end, the lonely astronaut looks forward to returning to his wife and daughter down on Earth, where he will retire early and attempt to make up for lost time. With only two weeks to go before he begins his journey back to Earth, Sam starts feeling strange: he’s having inexplicable visions, and hearing impossible sounds. Then, when a routine extraction goes horribly awry, it becomes apparent that Lunar hasn’t been entirely straightforward with Sam about their plans for replacing him. The new recruit seems strangely familiar, and before Sam returns to Earth, he will grapple with the realization that the life he has created may not be entirely his own. Up there, hundreds of thousands of miles from home, it appears that Sam’s contract isn’t the only thing about to expire. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
Come join filling Station 7:00pm on March 26th for a special double launch of Issues 60 & 61 at Calgary’s Shelf Life Books (100 – 1302 4th Street SW, Calgary, Alberta). The evening will feature readings by contributors Caitlynn Cummings, Ken Hunt and I as we share new work and celebrate Calgary’s nexus of literary experimentation. Snacks and beverages will be served.
I was commissioned by Calgary Arts Development to create a piece of text art in response to the 2015 Mayor’s Lunch for Arts Champions and to be unveiled to Calgary City Council as part of the Mayor’s Poetry Challenge. I have just completed the rubber-stamp folio “Every Word”…
On May 2nd i’ll be volunteering at Calgary’s Shelf Life Books (time TBA) as part of AUTHORS FOR INDIES DAY. As Anne-Marie MacDonald wrote:
That’s when authors across Canada volunteer at local independent bookstores. We will talk to customers about the books we love. We will shamelessly urge them to buy. Not just our books, any books. Because the goal of Authors for Indies Day is to help Canadian independent bookstores sell a ton of books on May 2.
Derek Beaulieu, Calgary’s Poet Laureate, discusses his visual poem Prose of the Trans-Canada (Bookthug, 2011) and how the poem was crafted with an eye towards cartography and contemporary graphic design. The poem was projected on the high-resolution screen in the Visualization Studio of the Taylor Family Digital Library. Photo by Dave Brown
At a public lecture last month in the Taylor Family Digital Library, Calgary Poet Laureate Derek Beaulieu presented his work Prose of the Trans-Canada, an eye-catching, contemporary visual response to La prose du transsibérien by high modernists Blaise Cendrars and Sonia Delaunay in 1913.
Beaulieu’s work combines traditional poetry with cartography and graphic design into a dynamic field which is designed to be looked at instead of read.
The massive 24.5-million pixel screen in the TFDL’s Visualization Studio allowed for the high-resolution projection of both poems, treating audience members to the discovery of detail and nuance that would be otherwise undetectable.
This representation manifests in multiple ways — abstractly, poetically, even symbolically. Published in 1913, La prose du transsibérien is 1/150 the height of the Eiffel Tower. Beaulieu’s concrete poem, published a century later, is 1/150 the height of the Calgary Tower.
“Not only did I have the rare pleasure of seeing Cendrars’ work side by side with my own, and in a new light, the Visualization Studio allowed me a unique approach to teaching. It was a real glimpse into the future of the classroom,” said Beaulieu.
“These poems are major achievements in the evolution of the artist book,” French professor Jean-Jacques Poucel said in his introductory remarks at the February event. “Each offers, in its own way, a lasting artistic representation of the rapidly shifting modernity of two cosmopolitan cities, Paris and Calgary.”
For Poucel — whose graduate seminar Modern and Contemporary Poetics inspired this public lecture — both digital and tangible formats are important.
“I’m pleased my students also have access to paper facsimiles of these poems in the university’s collections,” he says. “This dual experience broadens their perspectives about concrete poetry and the artists who create it.”
This event was sponsored by the Department of French, Italian and Spanish with support from Libraries and Cultural Resources. Facsimiles of the poems are held in Archives and Special Collections. They may be viewed by appointment by contacting email@example.com.