Please, No More Poetry: The Poetry of derek beaulieu

Please, No More Poetry: The Poetry of derek beaulieu

by derek beaulieu, Kit Dobson


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Since the beginning of his poetic career in the 1990s, derek beaulieu has created works that have challenged readers to understand in new ways the possibilities of poetry. With nine books currently to his credit, and many works appearing in chapbooks, broadsides, and magazines, beaulieu continues to push experimental poetry, both in Canada and internationally, in new directions. Please, No More Poetry is the first selected works of derek beaulieu.

As the publisher of first housepress and, more recently, No Press, beaulieu has continually highlighted the possibilities for experimental work in a variety of writing communities. His own work can be classified as visual poetry, as concrete poetry, as conceptual work, and beyond. His work is not to be read in any traditional sense, as it challenges the very idea of reading; rather, it may be understood as a practice that forces readers to reconsider what they think they know. As beaulieu continues to push himself in new directions, readers will appreciate the work that he has created to date, much of which has become unavailable in Canada.

With an introduction by Kit Dobson and an interview with derek beaulieu by Lori Emerson as an afterword, Please, No More Poetry offers readers an opportunity to gain access to a complex experimental poetic practice through thirty-five selected representative works.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781554588299
Publisher: Wilfrid Laurier University Press
Publication date: 03/01/2013
Series: Laurier Poetry Series , #19
Pages: 87
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

derek beaulieu is the author of five books of poetry, three volumes of conceptual fiction, and over 150 chapbooks. beaulieu teaches at the Alberta College of Art + Design and Mount Royal University.

Kit Dobson is an assistant professor of Canadian literature at Calgary’s Mount Royal University. He is the author of Transnational Canadas: Anglo-Canadian Literature and Globalization (WLU Press, 2009) and co-author, with Smaro Kamboureli, of Producing Canadian Literature: Authors Speak on the Literary Marketplace (WLU Press, 2012).

Table of Contents

Foreword Neil Besner vii

Biographical Note viii

Introduction: Where Meanings Are Not Expected Kit Dobson ix

Please, No More Poetry 1

from with wax rotunda 4

calcite gours 4 11

chamber of the felines 12

engraved deer 13

from fractal economies

problems in composition 15

untitled for christian (in apology) 19

portrait 20

framing the narrative 21

new directions in canadian poetry 22

from Flatland 23

from Local Colour 29

from chains 35

from Silence 41

from How to Write Nothing Odd Can Last 45

Wild Rose Country 47

Uncollected Works That's not writing 50

block 14 52

chapter O 53

june 26 2010 54

jan 27 2012 55

something else 56

from Extispicium 157

Afterword: An Interview with derek beaulieu, Lori Emerson 65

Acknowledgements 71

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