Monday, April 1, 2019

new from above/ground press: For a Poetry of Blot, by Gregory Betts

For a Poetry of Blot
Gregory Betts

Ink the beginning
was pure
        all was o
then came the pen
   pushing the mess
 into runes

we born in that alphablot

linked in a march of
morphing letters
  like connections
every word a nepotism
a conjugation of primal ink
writing is erasure
until the line of I returns to
its perfect dot

published in Ottawa by above/ground press
in part for the author’s participation in the TEXT/SOUND/PERFORMANCE: Making in Canadian Space conference at University College Dublin, Ireland, April 25-27, 2019.
April 2019
a/g subscribers receive a complimentary copy

Gregory Betts
is the author of seven books of poetry, including If Language and The Others Raisd in Me. He has written Avant-Garde Canadian Literature: The Early Manifestations and is co-editor (with Christian Bök) of Avant Canada: Poets, Prophets, Revolutionaries. He is the Craig Dobbin Professor of Canadian Studies at University College Dublin, where he lives with his family.

This is Gregory Betts’ fifth above/ground press title, after The Cult of David Thompson (2005), The Curse of Canada (2008), Who Let the Mice in Brion Gysin (2014) and Signs of Our Discontent (with Arnold McBay, 2018). He also appeared in the four poet anthology READ YORK (2004).

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