Saturday, April 05, 2014
Very excited to receive copies of bp: beginnings this week. It looks great and, as it's been the focus of my academic research for the last year, it's very satisfying to see all that sweat materialized into print.
From the backcover:
bp: beginnings brings together bpNichol's pre-Martyrology materials in one comprehensive collection, including such key texts as Nichol's first chapbooks Beach Head and Cycles Etc., the minimal lyric sequences of The Other Side of the Room and JOURNEYING & the returns, and various concrete and sound texts such as Lament, The Year of the Frog, and Ballads of the Restless Are. These collected sequences show Nichol developing his talents in both visual poetry and lyricism, pointing the way towards the union of the two forms in the later Martyrology. Combined with The Captain Poetry Poems (published by BookThug in 2011), bp: beginnings now makes all of Nichol's major poetry sequences available to both the avid Nichol specialists and to aficionados of innovative poetry everywhere.
You can order the book directly from BookThug here. It's also available as an ebook (a first for me!)
And there's also the Toronto launch on April 15th, where I'll be doing a roundtable discussion about Nichol's work with Brian Dedora and Lola Tostevin (moderated by Greg Betts). Info on that night here.