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The Banff Canmore Community Foundation and I discussed my role as Banff’s Poet Laureate, my ideas around poetry and community – check it out!

Over on Twitter, I am erasing all the text from John Cage’s SILENCE, leaving only the punctuated breath & atmospheric noise – creating a series of JPG files, one per page spread.

Arnold McBay has just posted a sound interpretation of this project, unleashing a mighty savage noise. As McBay explained, he “downloaded a jpg [from this series], dumped it as raw data into the free audio mixing software Audacity and voila….Noise sauvage!”
Have a listen (crank it up but watch your ears!)

My minimalist piece “The blank white page contains the finest song” has just been published by Scotland’s Essence Press; a press dedicated to thoughtful, minimalist work — order your copy today; they’ll go *very* quick!

Over on twitter follow @silence36887462 as I embark on a daily practice of erasing all the text from John Cage’s SILENCE, leaving only the punctuated breath and atmospheric noise – creating a series of JPG files, one per page spread.

No press is proud to announce the publication of 5 new chapbooks!

“MS Word Variations 1-11” by ajCarruthers

  • fragile digitally-constructed visual poems, each arranged letter by letter in MS Word into delicate chandeliers of letterforms.

“Little Songs” by Kyle Flemmer

  • minimalist diagrams exploring the metrics, stresses and rhyme schemes of a variety of sonnet forms. Sonnets leveled to austere minimalism.

“Brief Lives” by Nick Montfort

  • a short found novel constructed from the forms and schematics which bring bring our life meaning.

“The Spectre of Mallarme” by Remi Forte

  • beautiful, spectre-clouds based on the layout and design of Mallarme’s “Un Coup de Des”; each a fog of suggestion, a mist of potential.

“STELLA” by Danni Storm

  • digitally-manipulated fields of typed letters form and overlap into captivating patterned stars.

Each book is published in a strictly limited edition of 50 handbound copies.

Order any individual book for $6 (+ $1 postage), or all 5 for $30 (including postage) by emailing derek@derekbeaulieu

Copies will go fast, order today!

Pre-order your copy of THE BOOK OF PENTERACT from Penteract Press: 45 contributors, 200 full-colour pages, hardback with ribbon and bands: a fabulous overview of experimental, constraint-based and visual poetics…

if i sit still for too long Sal Nunchakov (@poisbem) makes another one of these … and he’s making a book of mine REALLY SOON, keep your eyes peeled!