writing under constraint
Ovid’s Concrete Labyrinths
Tony D'Souza on Alex Shakar's Metamorphoses.
Fed Ex Un Ltd
Jan Baetens reviews the Raymond Federman Recyclopedia, a book whose humour - and evident bad taste - raise it above its own formidable constraints.
The Procedural Poetries of Joan Retallack
Brian Lennon considers the aesthetic that Retallack has evolved out of a cybernetic sensibility - a formalism that does not impose authoritarian codes or repressive orders, but rather hacks a pattern out of the sheer data of everyday life: directories, menus, phone books, indexes, encyclopedias, and archives.
Alire: A Relentless Literary Investigation
Phillippe Bootz gives an account of the longest standing web-based literary journal in France.
Translation by James Stevens
Harry Mathews’s Al Gore Rhythms: A Re-viewing of Tlooth, Cigarettes, and The Journalist
Paul Harris rediscovers the senior American member of Oulipo on the occasion of three new reprints from The Dalkey Archive Press.
An Inter(e)view with Ben Marcus
Stacey Levine on the occasion of Dalkey Archive's reprinting of The Age of Wire and String