how to make an English exam interesting
by Jordan Bolay
As the author's note states: this semi-found poem was written during the mid-term exam of English 302, “Introduction to Contemporary Theoretical Practices.” Composed spontaneously into an extra examination blue book, Bolay's chapbook project is an experiment in embodied poetics. To produce The Blasted Tree's exclusive run of 50 chapbooks, six scribes copied Jordan's original poem into blank examination books by hand, layering a diversity of penmanship over the organic foundation of Bolay's original composition. Each copy is numbered, and the first 26 copies in the series are signed by the author. While how to make an English exam interesting is inseparable from material form and manual reproduction, a digitized copy of the chapbook is available for your reading pleasure in the slideshow below. Use the arrow tabs to navigate through Bolay's work, then drop by The Blasted Tree's store to get your hands on a limited edition copy of this one-of-a-kind poetry chapbook.