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.
About the authors
derek beaulieu is the author of five books of poetry, three volumes of conceptual fiction, and over 150 chapbooks. His critical edition (co-edited with Gregory Betts) of bill bissett’s RUSH: what fuckan theory will be published in 2012. beaulieu teaches at the University of Calgary, the Alberta College of Art, and Mount Royal University.
Lori Emerson is an assistant professor in the Department of English at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She writes about and teaches electronic literature (especially digital poetry), experimental American and Canadian poetry, the history of computing, and media theory. She is co-editor, with Darren Wershler, of The Alphabet Game: a bpNichol Reader (2007).
John Riddell is the author of Criss-Cross (Coach House, 1977) and numerous other volumes of visual poetry and prose. An early editor of grOnk, Ganglia, and Phenomenon Press, his work has been included in magazines like Kontakte, Descant, and Ganglia from the 1960s to the present.
Kit Dobson lives and works in Calgary / Treaty 7 territory in southern Alberta. His previous books include Malled: Deciphering Shopping in Canada and he is a professor in the Department of English at the University of Calgary. He grew up in many places across Canada, but returned again and again to the landscapes of northern Alberta where his family members settled – and that continue to animate his thinking.
"Brilliant compilation.... beaulieu has written and edited many books and has self-produced hundreds of smaller ‘items’ through his publishing houses. It speaks to the marginality of this form of [conceptual] writing that he is not better known. Perhaps this excellent introduction to his oeuvre will begin to undo that disservice."
Alberta Views, November 2013
"A solid cross-section that serves as a strong introduction to the poet's writings, as well as to concrete poetry generally (given the density of beaulieu's work), the volume will handsomely reward readers seeking to broaden their conceptions of what poetry could be."
Winnipeg Free Press, March 23, 2013
"An engaging cross-section that offers beaulieu's longtime readers a chance to revisit and rethink his practice while offering new readers an opportunity to explore a variety of innovative linguistic tactics.... By re-orienting beaulieu's politics ... Please, No More Poetry becomes a more engaging book than a simple celebration of an author's work and accomplishments. It becomes a vital and engaging crossroads where ... seemingly opposing sociopolitical fronts can meet and battle it out.... A crucial collection that not only looks back on a brilliant career, but looks toward the future of the medium itself, offering a sampling of innovative writing strategies and seeking a place for poets that is relevant, valuable, and meaningful in the contemporary world."
Lemond Hound, June 13, 2013
Other titles by derek beaulieu
Other titles by Kit Dobson
Field Notes on Listening
All the Feels / Tous les sens
Affect and Writing in Canada / Affect et écriture au Canada
Undoing Discipline in the Humanities Classroom
Wisdom in Nonsense
Invaluable Lessons from My Father
Deciphering Shopping in Canada
Ten Canadian Writers in Context
Producing Canadian Literature
Authors Speak on the Literary Marketplace
Transnationalism, Activism, Art
Anglo-Canadian Literature and Globalization