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 by following the link below.
Additionally, Vidler has prepared an audio accompaniment to the series entitled Song-Sonnet for Two Keyboards, which can be downloaded from The Blasted Tree’s Bandcamp.
by David Dowker
Time-Sensitive Material is a collection of poems by the inimitable David Dowker. Intricate and deeply meditative, these poems turn the soil of language, bringing fertility to the stuffiest, most jargonistic corners of discourse. Philosophy, natural science, and linguistics decompose and are deployed in recombinant sequences: “ambigrammatical, becoming animalism.” A limited edition of 50 chapbooks have been produced on ivory linen paper, each hand-bound in a distressed parchment cover with a tissue paper flyleaf, available now from The Blasted Tree Store. Time-Sensitive Material can be read online using the link below.
a peal of thunder, a moment of is concrete poetry based on Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata.” katie o’brien’s project has involved chopping up Beethoven’s musical score and layering the staves so it’s difficult to make out the original phrase - blurring the material to reflect the disoriented memories they have around losing their grandmother ten years ago. The Blasted Tree has produced a limited edition of 50 hand-bound chapbooks of a peal of thunder, a moment of, available now from our online Store, and the full sequence of poems can be viewed online by following the link below.
by Ben Robinson
Robinson’s The Sims in Real Life makes use of YouTube’s auto-captioning function to put words to clips of otherwise nonsensical gibberish. The poem is made from captions generated for a video wherein a prankster acts like a character from The Sims video game series, jabbering unintelligibly at strangers. The Blasted Tree has produced an edition of multimedia chapbooks featuring a booklet of this poem plus a bonus CD loaded up with digital content, including an introduction by the author, production images, and more. Copies from the limited edition of 40 chapbooks, each tucked with its disk in a slim jewel case, are available to purchased from our online Store.
by andrew topel
A kaleidoscopic sampling of abstract visual poetry by the prolific andrew topel. These poems riff on, challenge, even embrace the square frames they live within. Typography spills, explodes, and realigns on every page, giving form to expression through gesture and weight, communicating in composition what cannot be said aloud. squared has been published in a limited edition of 50 numbered and hand-bound chapbooks, each bearing its own unique cover made with dry transfer lettering. The collection can be viewed online in the image gallery using the link below, and one-of-a-kind copies of the chapbook can be purchased from The Blasted Tree Store.
poetry collections (BACKLIST)
Pray/Lewd by Kyle Flemmer
The Blasted Tree is now accepting the submission of chapbook-length poetry collections. We are looking for poetry which possesses a unique voice or perspective, aims to innovate and expand the boundaries, or challenges the expectations of the craft. Our poetry collections are conceptual units, explorations of a significant subject, place, or time. How do you versify the human experience? Is your work sounding the depths of language, inventing new visual lexicons, cutting to the heart of an issue, event, or feeling? Does your poetry revolve around or emanate from a counter-cultural point of view? Send your manuscripts to The Blasted Tree for consideration - we need collections around 15 poems (20 pages) long to make into beautiful chapbooks!
The Blasted Tree also accepts single poems for publication online or in limited print editions. We make leaflets, longsheet, broadsheets, artist prints, and any other kind of print media we can dream up. Send us your original poems of any length, and we'll concoct something interesting to suit.
Poetry, both collections and single works, can be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Exciting poetry challenges mainstream perspectives and looks to innovate, sometimes bordering on the subversive or counter-cultural. Our poetry collections can be accessed to the right and are often available for purchase in limited print editions from The Blasted Tree Store. Links to our poetry listed alphabetically by author can be found HERE.