"The poems featured in this leaflet are taken from a series entitled 'The Nothings of the Alphabet', which presents works composed using only the shapes that make up the closed parts of the letters A, B, D, O, P, Q, and R. The shape made by the enclosure of a letter is referred to as a 'counter' in typography. These pieces thus give presence to an aspect of the alphabet that is otherwise thought of as void."
Eric Schmaltz is an intermedia artist, writer, and educator living in Toronto. His work has been featured in Canada and internationally in galleries, periodicals, chapbooks, and pamphlets. More at: ericschmaltz.com
‘Framed’ presents a series of abstract writings that deal with the idea of the frame, encouraging the reader to literally and figuratively think outside the box.
andrew topel has been involved with the hybrid form of visual poetry since 2002. His chapbooks include ASSASSIN (Xexoxial Editions), BLUEPRINTS (ZIMZALLA), LETTERS PATTERNS STRUCTURES (FactSimile) & vviissiioonnss (red fox press).
From the author: "The body of this poem is an overwrite of an existing text. As a constraint, I deliberately chose a text for its being unpoetic: the original "body" is a scientific abstract I wrote last year for an oral presentation. My plan was to squeeze a second text out of this abstract. Amusingly, this procedure evolved into a "proof" of a statement I borrow from my companion: "Physicists do physics. Poets do poetry. Which is more or less the same thing." I finally incorporated this aspect in the text as its abstract — an abstract of an abstract: things come full circle."
Florence Lenaers is a usurper—a physics PhD student pretending to be a poet, or perhaps the other way around. When not meddling with words, she weaves tales of atoms trapped in cages of light & castles of magnetic field lines at the University of Liège (Belgium). She tweets as @flloaers.