14 poems for tom jenks

by Catherine Vidler

A series of visual/textual poetry by prolific Australian poet Catherine Vidler. Keyboards: 14 poems for Tom Jenks is composed of glitching textual artifacts, an array of digital ephemera unraveling across the page like code through a corrupted processor. As the series go on, each poem invading and overwriting the last, it devolves into rich fields of pixelated letter forms. Keyboards has been produced in a limited edition of 50 chapbooks, hand-bound in blank prototyping circuit boards and aluminum tape, then sealed in translucent anti-static bags (normally used to ship computer hardware). 50 copies of the chapbook are now available from The Blasted Tree’s online Store, and the full sequence of poems can be viewed in the image gallery below. Additionally, Vidler has prepared an audio accompaniment to the series entitled Song-Sonnet for Two Keyboards, located at the bottom of the page. The song-sonnet can be downloaded from The Blasted Tree’s Bandcamp.

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Keyboards: 14 poems for Tom Jenks is available from The Blasted Tree Store.

Featured by The Blasted Tree: September 7, 2019

Catherine Vidler

Contributing Author

Song-Sonnet for Two Keyboards

sound poem composed on two external computer keyboards


Song-Sonnet for Two Keyboards is available from The Blasted Tree’s Bandcamp

Keyboards by Catherine Vidler is a Blasted Tree original collection of poetry.

ISBN [Digital]: 978-1-987906-51-6

Cover Design by Kyle Flemmer