Tag Archive: poetry


When poetry averts conformity it enters into the contemporary: speaking to the pressures and conflicts of the moment with the means just then at hand.

A dog-eared page — a folded corner — is the simplest memory system: it marks a stopping point, a favorite passage, a place to remember. Along with marginalia, underlining, and other notational strategies, dog ears map a history of reading and remind us that reading is a physical act: an encounter with words, to be sure, but also a tactile experience with paper and individual pages of a book. A dog ear is legible as a readerly engagement with the material text. Someone read this; someone stopped here.

Erica Baum’s book Dog Ear  (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2011) makes this point and takes it further. In Baum’s rendering, the dog ear presents an activist readerly engagement: by folding a page, the reader creates a new site of meaning, a square of text to be encountered not as placeholder but as a rich cluster of words, selected (appropriated, deformed) by the reader’s hand.

Here, Jacket2 presents eighteen photographs from Dog Ear, whose publication coincides with a solo exhibition, Shuffled Glances, at the Bureau gallery in New York (April 3–May 18, 2011). Click on any image below to enlarge it. Go here to read an essay by Kaegan Sparks about Baum’s work.

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Darren Wershler-Henry

Darren Wreshler (Henry) is the author or co-author of 12 books, most recently, Guy Maddin’s My Winnipeg, and Update, with Bill Kennedy. Darren is an Assistant Professor of English at Concordia University, where he works with the Technoculture, Art and Games (TAG) group, and is also part of the faculty at the CFC Media Lab TELUS Interactive Art & Entertainment Program.

His Blog alienated.net–the most visible part of Darren’s brain.

PDF’s of The Tapeworm Foundry, a single unpunctuated sentence of pro-Situ proposals that resembles a social virus more than a functioning data-organism, its litany of avant-garde projects linked only by the seemingly innocuous, but progressively more imperative-sounding, “andor.”

http://www.ubu.com/ubu/wershler_tapeworm.html

Internet poem Nicholodeon, a seemingly exhaustive survey of the possibilities of concrete and process-based poetry in the Nineties, organized like a paper database with icons to guide the wary reader toward conceptual handles.

http://archives.chbooks.com/online_books/nicholodeon/

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