an essay by derek beaulieu
if poetry is going to reclaim even a shred of relevancy for a contemporary audience then poets must become competitive for your readership and viewership as graphic design advertising and contemporary design culture expand to redefine and rewrite how we understand communication poetry has become ruefully ensconced in the traditional if as brion gysin argued writing is fifty years behind painting then poetry is even further behind contemporary design the vast majority of poets are trapped in the 20th (if not the 19th) century hopelessly reiterating tired tropes mcdonalds golden arches the nike swoosh and the apple logo best represent the contemporary descendants of the modernist poem poet lew welch famously wrote raids ubiquitous advertising slogan raid kills bugs dead as a copywriter at advertising firm foote cone and belding in 1966 los angeles-based poet vanessa place argues that
today we are of an age that understands corporations are people too and poetry is the stuff of placards. or vice versa.
published in Ottawa by above/ground press
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derek beaulieu is the author or editor of 15 books, the most recent of which are Please, No more poetry: the poetry of derek beaulieu (Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2013) and kern (Les Figues press, 2014). 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 currently teaches at the Alberta College of Art + Design. He is the 2014-2016 Poet Laureate of Calgary, Canada.
This is derek beaulieu’s sixth above/ground press chapbook, after an issue of the long poem magazine STANZAS (“calcite gours 1-19,” issue no. 38), the interview chapbook ECONOMIES OF SCALE: rob mclennan interviews derek beaulieu on NO PRESS / derek beaulieu interviews rob mclennan on above/ground press (2012) and single-author chapbooks “A? any questions? (1998), [Dear Fred] (2004) and HOW TO EDIT, Chapter A. (ALBERTA SERIES #8; 2008).
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