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Winter 2009 / 3.7

less is more: the Poetics of Erasure

An Introduction to Less is More...
The Dialectics of Erasure
from A Humument
from Paths and Places
from Nets
from Letter to Shareholder series
from Soldiers' Market 2005-2008
Description of a Struggle
local colour
from The Mortal S
26-Tone Technique: An Adventure of Whitman's Line (2005)
from Keepness
from 365 Sonnets I Destroyed
from Wittgenstein's Corrections
from The Owls of North
from The Life
Two Pages from Severed Public Documents Pertaining to the Neutralizationof the Woodwards Squat (2002)
Erased LeWitt Sentences
from Stretch
redaction suite blackout
All the Dots
COVER: Paths and Places [Vancouver 6, detail]


Monica Aasprong (b. 1969) is a Norwegian writer living in Stockholm, Sweden. She has published a novel, books of poetry and since 2003 she has been working with a project called Soldiers’ Market. This is a textwork in different parts. Essential to the work is the title itself and finding different approaches to the specific words. Soldiers’ Market includes books, readings, installations, soundworks. More about the project: monicaaasprong.com

Andrea Actis recently moved from Vancouver, BC, to Providence, RI, for five more years of school. She is a former member of the Kootenay School of Writing and has had work published previously in TCR.

Toronto native James Arthur is currently a Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University. His poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The New Republic, The Nation, and Brick. He has previously received the Amy Lowell Travelling Poetry Scholarship and a Discovery/The Nation Prize, as well as fellowships to Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony.

Oana Avasilichioaei is a poet and translator (French and Romanian) who also dabbles in text installations. The long poem, “Spirit of the West!” from which this installation is drawn, will appear in her forthcoming book feria: a poempark (Wolsak & Wynn, 2008). She lives in Montreal.

derek beaulieu’s poetry and conceptual writing engage with textual production and how composition informs comprehension. His first book, with wax, was published by Coach House Books in 2003 and was followed-up by frogments from the frag pool: haiku after basho (Mercury Press, 2005 co-written with Gary Barwin) and fractal economies (talonbooks, 2006). His most recent book is chains (paper kite press, 2008), a collection of non-semantic lettraset-based concrete poetry. beaulieu’s conceptual novel flatland: a romance of many dimensions was published in 2007 in a limited edition by Simon Morris’s acclaimed press information as material (York, UK). His second conceptual novel, Local Colour, is forthcoming from ntamo (Finland) in 2008.

Poet and visual artist Jen Bervin’s books include The Desert (Granary Books, 2008), A Non- Breaking Space (Ugly Duckling, 2005), Nets (Ugly Duckling, 2004), and Under What Is Not Under (Potes & Poets, 2001). Her interdisciplinary work has been featured most recently in Esopus and Double Change. Bervin’s large-scale sewn composites of Dickinson’s fascicle marks and other works have been exhibited in the US, Canada, and France. She has received fellowships in art and writing from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the MacDowell Colony, Centrum Arts, and the Camargo Foundation in Cassis, France. She is a contributing editor for jubilat and lives in New York.

Rebecca Brown is the author of a dozen books of prose including The Last Time I Saw You, The End of Youth, The Dogs, The Terrible Girls (all published by City Lights), and The Gifts of the Body (HarperCollins). She has written texts for dance and theatre. Her collaborations include a book with painter Nancy Kiefer, Woman in Ill Fitting Wig, and with Mary Jane Knecht, an anthology of writers’ responses to work at the Frye Art Museum. Brown’s collection of gonzo “essays,” American Romances, is forthcoming from City Lights.

Clint Burnham is a Vancouver writer and critic. He read recently at the Positions Colloquium at the Kootenay School of Writing and his most recent book of poetry is Rental Van (Anvil, 2007). His art criticism has appeared in Camera Austria, artforum.com, West Coast Line, and in the collection DAMP: Contemporary Vancouver Media Art. He teaches in the Department of English at Simon Fraser University.

Louis Cabri is author of The Mood Embosser. Recent work appears in Model Homes (Detroit), in West Coast Line, and in The Capilano Review issue 3.6. He teaches at the University of Windsor.

Stephen Collis is the author of three books of poetry, Mine (New Star, 2001), Anarchive (New Star, 2005), which was nominated for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize, and The Commons (Talonbooks, 2008)—the latter two of which form parts of the on-going “Barricades Project.” He is also the author of two book-length studies, Phyllis Webb and the Common Good (Talonbooks, 2007) and Through Words of Others: Susan Howe and Anarcho-Scholasticism (ELS Editions, 2006). He teaches American literature, poetry, and poetics at Simon Fraser University.

Alexandra Dipple, an early-career artist based in Brighton, UK, works at Red Herring Studios in Hove. She is a multi-disciplinary artist exploring ideas through animation, collage, and installation.

Sarah Dowling is from Regina, Saskatchewan, and currently lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her poetry and reviews have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Cue, Dusie, Descant, EAOGH, How2, In/Vision, Jacket, and West Coast Line. She completed an M.A. in Creative Writing at Temple University in 2006 and is now a Ph.D. student at the University of Pennsylvania.

Jennifer Borges Foster is a Seattle-based poet, bookmaker, and the editor of Filter, a limited edition hand-bound literary journal featuring erasures alongside unaltered poetry, prose, and art. She has recently received grants from Art Patch, the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, and 4Culture, and was short-listed for Seattle’s The Stranger’s 2007 Genius Award in Literature. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in the Beloit Poetry Journal, Prairie Schooner, ZYZZYVA, and other journals.

Jamie Hilder is a PhD candidate in the English Department at the University of British Columbia. He has published and presented critical and poetic work in the UK, the US, and Canada. His work has been exhibited locally, most recently at Artspeak Gallery.

Bill Jeffries is the Director/Curator of the Simon Fraser University Gallery in which position he has the elegiac pleasure of erasing from existence approximately a dozen exhibitions a year.

Ariana Kelly lives in Los Angeles where she writes and teaches English literature and composition at the Harvard-Westlake School.

Kristin Lucas is an interdisciplinary artist bringing into play analog and digital approaches to sculpture, performance, video, and photography. She teaches in the Studio Arts department of Bard College and is a board member of Wave
Farm, a transmission arts organization located in the Catskills region of New York State. Lucas is represented by Postmasters Gallery and her videos are distributed by Electronic Arts Intermix.

Michael Maranda / Parasitic Ventures Press is an artist, curator, and rogue editor based in Toronto. He is currently employed at the Art Gallery of York University, and also runs the micro-press, Parasitic Ventures Press.

Erìn Moure is a poet and translator living in Montreal; her most recent book was O Cadoiro (Anansi, 2007). Her new one, O Resplandor, will appear in 2010 from Anansi. In 2009, her book of essays, My Beloved Wager, will appear from NeWest Press.

Tom Phillips was born in 1937 in South London where he still lives and works. As an internationally established artist and prominent Royal Academician he is represented in museum collections worldwide. He is best known for his pioneering artist’s book A Humument and his work on Dante’s Inferno which he translated and illustrated (as co-director of the TV version he won the Italia Prize). Major retrospectives of his paintings have been held on both sides of the Atlantic. In 2006 he was the Slade Professor of Art History at the University of Oxford. More information can be found online at www.tomphillips.co.uk

Kristina Lee Podesva is a performance artist extraordinaire. Her work has appeared throughout Canada, the US and Europe. Her projects include colourschool and Cornershop; when in between things, she teaches at The Fillip Review.

a.rawlings’ first book, Wide slumber for lepidopterists (Coach House Books, 2006, Alcuin Award recipient), documents a night in the life of Northern Ontario. rawlings co-edited Shift & Switch: New Canadian Poetry (The Mercury Press, 2005), co-organized the Lexiconjury Reading Series (2001-6), hosted Heart of a Poet (2005), and facilitates sound/text/movement workshops (2003-present). a.rawlings’ escapist fantasies feature kynlíf með álfum, Ghentish snails, and a theremin; and yes, someday, she will escape.

Mary Ruefle is the author of ten books of poetry, most recently Indeed I Was Pleased With The World (Carnegie Mellon, 2007). Her first collection of fiction, The Most of It, is forthcoming from Wave Books in 2008. Her poems and prose appear in many anthologies, including Best American Poetry, Great American Prose Poems, and The Next American Essay. She lives in Southern Vermont.

Susan Schuppli is an artist and writer who is currently completing her PhD in Cultural Studies and Research Architecture at Goldsmiths, University of London, UK.

Nick Thurston is based in West Yorkshire, England. He is author of Reading the Remove of Literature (2006) and Historia Abscondita (An Index of Joy) (2007), has exhibited or performed in New York, old York, and Haarlem (Holland) in the last year; and since 2006 has been Co-Editor of the independent artists’ book imprint information as material. Conceptualist reading performances are the crux of Nick’s poetical and editorial work – an optic onto art-making which also underpins his approach to pedagogy at Sheffield Hallam University.

Aaron Vidaver is a writer, archivist, editor, and co-researcher with the Pacific Institute for Language and Literacy Studies.