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fractal economies

byDerek Beaulieu

Paperback | February 1, 2006

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In fractal economies, derek beaulieu pushes the limits of poetry and poetics by grinding language through the mill of photocopiers, found material, collage, printmaking, frottage and Letraset-creating a new language for the genre. These "fractal economies," or series of increasingly complex replications of forms through the repeated application of a fixed set of rules, challenge the status quo of poetry and of the politics of language itself, which is, with respect to any human script yet deciphered, capitalist in its very origin. Letters are freed from their "normal" behaviour, machines are let loose to create on their own and the borders between poetry and artwork are blurred. In an intriguing and well-argued afterword, beaulieu also theorizes ways that concrete poetry-poetry that deals with language in a physical, material way-can move forward into the twenty-first century beyond thelimitations of the page, the author and even the poem itself.
derek beaulieu Author of four books of poetry and two volumes of conceptual fiction, derek beaulieu's work is consistently praised as some of the most radical and challenging contemporary Canadian writing. beaulieu's fractal economies (Talonbooks, 2006) includes a cogent and widely-discussed argument for poetry which works beyond ...
Title:fractal economiesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:96 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.3 inPublished:February 1, 2006Publisher:Talon Books LtdLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0889225397

ISBN - 13:9780889225398

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“derek beaulieu folds his bountiful letters into this beautiful fractal, which, when folded, looks as bold as a bounding fountain full of glitter, letting us better see his bit of two-bit beauty (far too futile to be free toact as art at all)—until we see that all his fonts are sold to us as his found bounty, fitful in their fetters, like our litter, which is never fully useful, but is bought, like freight, to break the back of capital.”—Christian Bök“fractal economies is the bleeding edge of the paper cut.”—Kenneth Goldsmith“fractal economies is a map of semantic possibilities and new directions. beaulieu skillfully makes strange with previously established poetic language and, in doing so, opens up a world of subversive traces which reveal the way language manipulates and is manipulated.”—Jon Paul Fiorentino