Openings (After Marcel Duchamp) - derek beaulieu

“Inspired by Marcel Duchamp’s interpretation of chess pieces as alphabetical elements forming poems upon their board, in Openings, the opening gambits of Duchamp’s recorded chess games are rendered glyphically, recreating each opening as the fledgling moments of cellular automata in John Conway’s Game of Life.”

About the author...

derek beaulieu is the author of eight collections of poetry, four collections of conceptual fiction and two volumes of essays. beaulieu co-edited bill bissett’s RUSH: what fuckan theory (with Gregory Betts) and Writing Surfaces: Selected Fiction of John Riddell (with Lori Emerson). He is the publisher of the acclaimed no press and is the visual poetry editor at UbuWeb. beaulieu has exhibited his work across Canada, the United States and Europe and is an award-winning instructor. He was the 2014–2016 Poet Laureate of Calgary, Canada.


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