new from No PRESS:

aeiou by Franco Cortese

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


to order, please email derek beaulieu at

from the author’s afterword: “aeiou is an attempt to venture as close as possible to the lipogrammatic limits of language. Each of the poems in this small chapbook comprise a multilingual lipogram composed exclusively of the collected one-letter words of each of the five vowels in the English language, borrowed from a wide variety of languages and strung together according to the structures of English grammar. As such, these poems are also an attempt to embody the limit case of lipograms, in the sense that they each eschew the use of all letters save one. Each lipogrammatic poem is followed by its cognate English translation. The majority of these poems are necessarily multilingual, with the exceptions of “è” and “-i”, which are composed of the Romanized “pinyin” and “rōmaji” transcriptions of Chinese and Japanese logograms, respectively.”

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