screen-shot-2016-12-21-at-5-51-09-amI’m proud to have an excerpt from A A NOVEL (forthcoming form Jean Boite Editions) in UNLIMITED/IMPRINT #2: a PDF journal that asks to be shared, gleaned, edited, hacked & remixed. For more information, click

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new from No PRESS:

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

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These visual poems degenerate a passage from Walter Benjamin’s “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction.” They present hieroglyphs, streets driven through Benjamin’s words by the work of history, arcades to walk through without stopping, and citations in the book of creation

Proud to have Vexations Book 2 included in 21st-Century Visual Poetics, an exhibition in the English department at the University of Ottawa. Organized by the graduate students in Robert Stacey’s “Modern Poetry and The Visual” course, the students staged a day-long exhibition and Q&A session …15541410_10154014991867633_8409329610251343014_n 15589769_10154014991157633_190449525620841543_n dsc_0247 dsc_0249 dsc_0253 dsc_0255 dsc_0259 dsc_0311 dsc_0315 img_4910 img_4911and thank you to Michelle Hulan for interviewing me and discussing Vexations!

new from No PRESS:

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Jordan Abel is a Nisga’a writer residing in Rossland, BC. He is currently completing his PhD at Simon Fraser University where he is focusing on digital humanities and Indigenous poetics. Abel’s conceptual writing engages with the representation of Indigenous peoples in Anthropology and popular culture. Abel is the author of The Place of Scraps (winner of the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize and finalist for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award), Un/inhabited and Injun.

Duchamp’s neologistic formulation of the inframince (infrathin) is notoriously difficult to define; Duchamp himself depended on examples. The infrathin can be seen in the example of two forms cast from the same mould, differing in the most minute of ways. The difference between two chess pawns; the infrathin difference in the behaviour of the black and white pieces.

Duchamp infamously surrendered his art practice in the 1930s in favour of pursuing accreditation as a professional chess player believing that his career in the visual arts was at a standstill. His attraction to chess was an artistic one however, as he argued that

The chess pieces are the block alphabet that shapes thoughts; and these thoughts, although making a visual design on the chessboard, express their beauty abstractly, like a poem …. I have come to the personal conclusion that while all artists are not chess players, all chess players are artists.

Taking inspiration from Duchamp’s poetic evocation of the visual design of the chessboard, I have rendered the openings of all of Duchamp’s chess games into a series of poetic glyphs. Each 8 by 8 grid represents the positioning of the black pieces following the initial gambits in each of Duchamp’s recorded chess games, recreating each opening as the fledgling moments of cellular automata in John Conway’s Game of Life.

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penteractlogoAnthony Etherin’s Shropshire, UK-based Pentaract press has just published my

Five Poems (for Leonard Dawe) 

“A leaflet presenting five visual poems inspired by the strange story of Leonard Dawe, a wartime teacher and crossword compiler for The Daily Telegraph, who, at the time of the D-Day invasion, became the unwitting subject of an MI5 espionage investigation….”

Copies are available for £2 plus p&p. Paypal is preferred. To order, please email penteractpress@gmail.com.

Ofullsizerendernce again, December brings an opportunity to reflect upon the year’s publications. Like previous years, my “most engaging books” list reflects what i found most fascinating / useful / generative. Seek out these volumes, every one will reward the search. Your local, independent, bookstore can help…. This is the cream of the crop for 2016, seriously:

 

Poetry

Non-Fiction

 

 

Work in Translation

I just ordered the books for my winter term ENGL1118 (creative writing – fiction) course at Mount Royal University: Herman Melville’s Bartleby, The Scrivener, Lyn Hejinian’s My LIfe, Georges Perec’s An Attempt at Exhausting a place in Paris, Jonathan Ball’s Ex Machina and Jorge Luis Borges’s Labyrinths — gonna be a great course!

Thanks to the efforts of my colleagues Kit Dobson, Michelle Bodnar, Richard Harrison, Micheline Maylor, Natalie Meisner and Beth Everest, we staged another pop-up poetry typewriter event at Mount Royal University — it was great fun to share these machines with students, create poetry on demand and have some great conversations. fullsizerender3  fullsizerender1 fullsizerender2 img_2673 img_2677  img_2679 img_2675 img_2681 img_2683 fullsizerenderfullsizerender4

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Mallarme’s “Un Coup de Des” (here in English translation by Robert Bononno and Jeff Clarke from the 2015 Wave books edition) is a foundational text  for the exploration of page design, typography & type size and the tension of varied directions in reading.

Using 3Dpoetryeditor, I have tossed Mallarme’s poem in to the tempest of stormy digital waves, the lines of the poem left to eddy and crash against each other, creating a whirling tension of recombinant text.

The final moving, dynamic, evolving piece will premiere at Poetry International in Rotterdam, June 2017.

3Dpoetryeditor (3DPE) was designed by Jon Staale Ritland, Jan Baeke, Michiel Koelink and David Jonas.