“Bauhaus presents a work of abstract, concrete poetry, composed on a typewriter."
Petra Schulze-Wollgast is a Germany-based artistic discoverer in old printmaking techniques. She creates abstract typographics on typewriters and with dry transfer letters, and prints metal type graphics on the proofing press, making books from her work.
“A sixteen-page booklet exploring the twenty-two Hebrew letters in palindromic arrays. In these arrangements, the letters both become something else and, at the same time, their forms are made more visible."
Gary Barwin is a writer, performer and multidisciplinary artist and the author of many books of fiction and poetry including the novel, Yiddish for Pirates and the poetry collection, No TV for Woodpeckers. He runs serif of nottingham editions, a micropress, and lives in Hamilton, Ontario and at garybarwin.com
"Four formal poems that employ additional poetic constraints to varying degrees. Features the sonnets Sonnet About Itself, The Waterfall, and Upon Inspecting the Mandelbrot Set, as well as the villanelle I Feel the Memory of Writing You."
A mathematician by profession, Pedro Poitevin writes experimental poetry to exercise a special form of attention that benefits from varying degrees of freedom and constraint. Find him on Twitter: @Poitevin.
"Red Piano is a Shakespearean sonnet in iambic pentameter that is also aelindromic in the decimal expansion of the twelfth root of two (which is the ratio of the frequencies of any two consecutive piano keys). Thus, the sonnet is a palindrome whose letters are parsed according to the sequence 10594630943592952645618252949463417007792043174."
“A Nocturne for Eurydice" is a sequel to "The Nocturne of Orpheus". It is a love-poem, written in fifteen pentastichs, with each line composed in pentameter, according to a euphonic, syllabic constraint.
Christian Bök is the author of Eunoia (Coach House Books, 2001), a bestselling work of experimental literature that has gone on to win the Griffin Prize for Poetic Excellence (2002). Crystallography (Coach House Press, 1994), his first book of poetry, has been nominated for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award (1995). Nature has interviewed Bök about his work on The Xenotext (making him the first poet ever to appear in this famous journal of science). Bök has also exhibited artworks derived from The Xenotext at galleries around the world, including (among others) the Bury Art Gallery in Bury, the Olga Korper Gallery in Toronto, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver, the Power Plant in Toronto, and the Broad Art Museum in East Lansing. Bök teaches students of Creative Writing in the School of Creative Arts and Humanities at Charles Darwin University.
"Examine Your Zoosphere" is a reverse lipogram in which every word must contain X, Y, or Z. The rule drives the poem to revel in the rich language of science and nature, along with other odd and lovely words that orbit this far-flung corner of the alphabet. A secondary visual constraint reinforces the intimidating density of its subject matter.
Luke Bradford is an experimental poet living in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His debut collection of constrained poetry, "Abacus," is available as a free PDF or for purchase as a book at abacuspoetry.com, and his work has been published by Spacecraft Press.
This leaflet presents four poems, each of which uses only ten words. Of the four, one is a ‘melting snowball’, one is an ‘hourglass poem’, and one is a palindrome.
Lucy Dawkins is a British-American gadabout, poetess and model, aspiring toward worldliness and wordiness. She occasionally tweets poems @lucykdawkins.
"The title of this work makes reference to Hélène Cixous’ écriture féminine where she describes women’s writing as both taking flight and jumbling or disorienting the order of space. Simultaneously acting as birds and robbers, both meanings are held in the translation of the word voler. Pages are stolen from another work (Lines of Flight: exploring Deleuze’s rhizomatic in an artist-book, made as part of AMBruno project [sic] see: http://ambruno.co.uk/sic.html) and released for flight in a performative diagrammatic action, tracing the lines made in a continual search for meaning.."
Rachel Smith, artist and educator, lives in Sheffield. She is currently researching a Fine Art Ph.D Drawing out Language at Sheffield Hallam University. Her work explores the territory between art, art writing, and conceptual writing. Rachel has exhibited widely, showing work as part of Bury Text Festival, and the Phantom Exhibition at Anglia Ruskin Gallery in Cambridge. Most recently she has been the artist in residence at University of Sheffield, collaborating with the humanities department. (Web: http://rachelartsmith.blogspot.co.uk twitter: @rachelartsmith).
"From the author: In my work I see letraset—in its fragility as a vintage medium but also its steadfast appearance on the page—as a feminine poetic praxis. Here I'm thinking alongside the work of feminist theorist Sara Ahmed who argues that fragility can be a source of connection and affinity between those deemed “too easily breakable." So, in these handcrafted, kaleidoscopic, care-full pomes, a sort of fragile army emerges from the language locked within and without."
Kate Siklosi is a Toronto writer, scholar, and business witch. She is the author of three chapbooks of poetry: po po poems (above/ground press, 2018), may day (no press, 2018), and coup (The Blasted Tree, 2018) and is the co-founding editor of Gap Riot Press, a neat little feminist experimental poetry small press.
“‘The Calligrammes are an idealisation of free verse poetry and typographical precision in an era when typography is reaching a brilliant end to its career, at the dawn of the new means of reproduction that are the cinema and the phonograph.’ (Guillaume Apollinaire, in a letter to André Billy)
‘Animals are cute when they're not real, and my calligramms are forgeries.’ (SJ Fowler in a letter to Anthony Etherin) .”
SJ Fowler is a poet, writer and artist who attempts to find the right form for the content, and thus fails twice over. His work is concerned with the potential of poetry alongside or over its tradition.
“Five improvised sound map poems, composed in ink, and improvised in response to LIVE by Spring Heel Jack .”
Paul Hawkins works mainly in poetry, visual art, collaboration & performance. They've written a number of books, some collaborative, some not. Go Sift Omen (Knives Forks and Spoons Press) is due imminently. He co-runs Hesterglock Press and the Prote(s)xt imprint, publishing mainly the avant-garde / experimental: www.hesterglock.net.
“From the author: please consider the semantics of printed pixels from scanned scribbles. please locate the meaning that was there when the wrong hand jabbed the quill at the page. please appreciate the hermeneutic openness of splutters. please release content from its context. what poem does not beg to be read?.”
v v b t is a spanish-norwegian poet, artist and actor living in london. her work specialises in poststructural deconstruction, and exists in spite of itself. her publications include works in 3am magazine, a new type of imprint, brygg, ren sommer and utflukt..
"A surgically-stitched 8-page booklet featuring four poems inspired by Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein: A palindrome-by-pairs, a visual erasure poem, a palindromic sonnet, and a sonnet of anagrammed lines."
Clara Daneri is an artist and illustrator, exploring the relationship between digital and traditional media. Her artwork has featured in Nagari Magazine and on the covers of multiple publications by Penteract Press. She tweets @claradaneri
"Tweenets is a portmanteau word made up of Tweets + sonnets. Coined in the early days of Twitter when the maximum number of characters was set at only 140, tweenets are autonomous compressions of Shakespeare's sonnets, while intending to somewhat update the feeling and tone of the originals."
@Airplume is the Twitter handle of Ana Elena González-Treviño, poet and professor of English literature at the National Autonomous University of Mexico.
"A pair of small leaflets printed on gold and silver metallic paper, and featuring two Shakespearean sonnets in iambic dimeter. ‘Great Hymn to the Aten’ is a palindrome by letter, and the lines of ‘Atlantis Wished’ are all perfect anagrams of its title."
"A series of three ‘plunder erasures’ from the classic bpNichol poem."
The author of more than thirty trade books of poetry, fiction and non-fiction, rob mclennan lives in Ottawa, Canada’s glorious capital city, where he is home full-time with the two wee girls he shares with Christine McNair. robmclennan.blogspot.com
"This leaflet is part of a larger work, ii° (pronounced “diminished minor second”), a meta-poetic, loosely-sequential, cartoon story that centers around two people, you and Char, taking a very long walk in a large city. Along the way, Char asks questions about music, poetry, and the experience of being a cartoon (“cartoon life”). You encounter a variety of characters, who enter and exit, as if in a dream. From time to time, something akin to fragments of a fairy-tale interrupt the story, as do friendly public service announcements. It’s a tale of trash, rats, cats, homeless folk, and scattered unimportant objects, none of which advance any kind of plot; instead, they serve to conjure an inspiration, illuminating another “brand” of life, similar to the quotidian, only more hallucinatory and absurd—it’s a side of reality that I believe we can all tap into, if we wish. The book is inspired in part by Breton’s Nadja."
Whiskey Radish lives and works in Concord, MA, where she frequently visits the graves of Hawthorne, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Margaret Sidney, and Ephraim Bull, on her unicycle. She can be found on Twitter and Instagram @whiskeyradish, on wordpress https://radishwoik.blog/, and at www.whiskeyradish.com . Her first book, Sam Cat Goes to the Jungle: Love and War in the Time of Ulysses can be found at The Grolier Poetry Bookshop in Harvard Square.
Catherine Vidler's recent publications include 2_154_77_79_38_118_41_115_19_137_60_96_21_135_58_98_9_147_70_86_31_125_48_108_12_144_67_89_28_128_51_105_4_152_75_81_36_120_43_113_17_139_62_94_23_133_56_100_7_149_72_84_33_123_46_110_14_142_65_91_26_130_53_103_2_154_77_79_38_118_41_115_19_137_60_96_21_135_58_98_9_147_70_86_31_125_48_108_12_144_67_89_28_128_51_105_4_152_75_81_36_120_43_113_17_139_62_94_23_133_56_100_7_149_72_84_33_123_46_110_14_142_65_91_26_ 130_53_103 (Hesterglock Prote(s)xt, 2019), 78 composite lost sonnets (Hesterglock Prote(s)xt, 2018), Lost Sonnets (Timglaset, 2018), collected composite lost sonnets (SOd press, 2018), lost sonnets (Spacecraft Press, 2018), table sets (no press, 2017), lake labyl (Penteract Press, 2017), table set poems (Penteract Press, 2017), table set poems (Spacecraft Press, 2017), lake labyl (SOd press, 2017), chaingrass errata slips (SOd press, 2017), chaingrass night and unresolved chaingrass tiling (SOd press, 2017), chaingrass (SOd press, 2016) and chaingrass (zimZalla Object 039, 2016). Publications forthcoming in 2019 include 'deleted sonnets' (Penteract Press), Keyboards, 14 visual/textual poems for Tom Jenks (The Blasted Tree), and Lost Sonnets(edition taberna kritika).
"from the author: “Mona Lisa” is based on the poem by Walter Pater of the same name in the Oxford Book of Modern Verse (1936), here rewritten such that every word has four letters. The original poem is actually a passage from Pater's Studies in the History of the Renaissance (1873) with line breaks added (and a V capitalized) by W. B. Yeats, the anthology's editor, who assigned the passage a “revolutionary importance.” I owe a debt to Craig Dworkin and Kenneth Goldsmith, whose Against Expression: An Anthology of Conceptual Writing introduced me to this unusual piece."
Luke Bradford is an experimental poet living in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His latest collection of constrained poetry, Glossology, is available for free download as a PDF or for purchase as a book at lukebradford.xyz/glossology. His work has been published in print and online by Spacecraft Press, Timglaset, Utsanga.it, and ToCall magazine.
”The term ‘the great silence’ refers to the portion of the Fermi Paradox which confronts the fact that we are yet to encounter clear evidence of extra-terrestrial civilisations. This poem explores the notion that species, existing in our universe but separated from one another by stretches of time and space, can be compared to unlucky actors of unrequited love. Though we search for contact, such contact will likely never occur. Through a series of couplets, ‘The Great Silence’ meditates upon this melancholic thought using various similes, constructing a portrait of a notion perhaps even more universally tragic than any doomed encounter between two organisms”.
Ken Hunt’s writing has appeared in Chromium Dioxide, No Press, Matrix and Freefall. For three years, Ken served as managing editor of NōD Magazine, and for one year, he served as poetry editor of filling Station. Ken holds an MA in English from Concordia University, and is the founder of Spacecraft Press, an online publisher of experimental writing inspired by science and technology. His first book of poetry, Space Administration, was published by the LUMA Foundation in 2014. His second book of poetry, The Lost Cosmonauts, is forthcoming from Book*hug in the fall of 2018. Ken is a PhD candidate at the University of Western Ontario.
"A collection of 28 small poems, divided into seven themed ‘quartets’. The 12-page, colour booklet showcases various formal restrictions, including anagrams, palindromes, triolets and monometer sonnets. Produced in a strictly limited edition of 88 signed and numbered copies.”
"These poems are part of a project that takes whimsical pleasure in the act of defacing and ornamenting a science-based text; stripping it of its rational and linear integrity, abstracting it, or transforming it altogether, through erasure and water colours. Each page, taken from Sir Arthur Eddington's The Nature of the Physical World (1928), functions as an individual unit and was created directly on the book itself, with different motivations and constraints applied to each."
Calliope Michail is a poet and translator based in London. Her poetry, translations, and other writings, have appeared in Snow Lit Rev., Berfrois, and Queen Mobs Teahouse, and her first chapbook, Along Mosaic Roads (the87press), was published in 2018. She occasionally tweets and retweets @catonacanto.