Leaflets, Broadsides & More...

A Labyrinth Is a Rabbit Hole

by Luke Bradford

“A Labyrinth Is a Rabbit Hole” is a visual poem in Luke Bradford’s signature style, fitting the letterforms of a short sentence into the shape of a rectangular maze. The maze created by the sentence is, of course, solvable, while the sentence remains legible from a distance. The Blasted Tree has produced a limited edition of fifty 10” x 17” broadsides featuring Bradford’s visual poem, available now from our online Store. “A Labyrinth Is a Rabbit Hole” can be previewed online using the link below.

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GAG TAG : TACT ACT

by Franco Cortese

Our second publication by experimental poet Franco Cortese, “Gag Tag : Tact Act” is a loosely-constrained lipogrammatic poem using only the letters found in the names of the four nucleobases (adenine, cytosine, guanine and thymine). A limited edition of sixty 5” x 7.5” leaflets featuring the poem have been produced on toothy Dreadnought Grey paper, available now from The Blasted Tree’s Store. Read “Gag Tag : Tact Act” online by following the link below.

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Joanne Kyger: Post-Life

by Stephen Bett

“Joanne Kyger: Post-Life” is excerpted from an alphabet book of post avant glosa by Canadian poet Stephen Bett. Broken Glosa takes the “glosa,” a Renaissance Spanish Court form, and breaks it down to its contemporary essentials―fractured forms for fractured times and alternate realities―riffing on postmodernist and post-postmodernist poets. The Blasted Tree has produced a limited edition of 50 longsheets on pewter Skytone paper, available now from our online Store, and you can read Bett’s gloss on Kyger’s “Post Extinction” by following the link below.

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A Good Man is Hard to Find

by Katerina Sevelka

“A Good Man is Hard to Find” is a lyric poem that shifts though perspectives like reflections in a mirror. This publication marks Sevelka’s third with The Blasted Tree, and has been produced in a limited run of 60 scrolls, 4.25” x 0.5” bound up in electrical tape, and 4.25” x 14” unfurled. 10% of the edition is bound in red tape, symbolizing the rare man reflected in the poem. Read “A Good Man is Hard to Find” online, then purchase the scroll from our online Store.

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O/Ô

by Aaron Tucker

Visual poetry that uses the Google translate camera function to translate the French and English Hansard proceedings for the day that O Canada/Ô Canada was officially adopted as the Canadian national anthem. As concrete poetry, as photographs, as computer layering, language layering, these pieces reflect the quest to form a national identity through the languages spoken and not spoken or translated. O/Ô has been produced in a limited edition of 40 sets of two 11” x 17” broadsides, and each individual broadside features a pair of images translated from the Hansard in either of our two official languages.

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Black Square #1

by derek beaulieu

Constructed from layered up Letraset transfers, Black Square #1 is typographic topography, an exploration of texture and shade, and the geometry of precision and error. The Blasted Tree has produced three limited editions of this visual poem by derek beaulieu at various sizes, each highlighting particular aspects of the work - 50 leaflets printed at scale show how the square looks to the unassisted eye, 10 numbered and signed artist prints magnify and reveal surprising details, and 100 mini-leaflets reduce the image to its superficial geometry. Black Square #1 can be viewed at a high resolution using the link below, and each of the three printed formats are available from our online Store.

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Sovereignty

by Franco Cortese

"Sovereignty" is one of those magic words packed full of anagrammatic possibility. Each of the poems in this six-part series are line-by-line anagrams of the titular noun.  All six are also subject to additional constraints: they must begin in the form of "ye ___ ___", and refer at least once to each of the following topics/themes: sex, death/decay, vegetation and language/text, in one form or another. Sixty 3" x 4" purple and gold booklets featuring the series have been produced, available now from The Blasted Tree Store.

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Surround Sound

by Nathan Austin

A suite of glitch poems sampling bits of failed optical character recognition from Google’s search results. OCR is meant to identify printed characters using a scanner and computer software, which proves more difficult in practice than in principle. The poems that comprise “Surround Sound” come from an article about composer Eliane Radigue, originally published in frieze magazine in 2011. The suite as presented by the author appears in our online gallery, and a limited edition of 11" x 17" broadsides featuring the series can be purchased from The Blasted Tree's Store.

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The Blasted Tree is now accepting the submission of material of any kind with an eye toward print publication. We are looking to produce innovative print media of all sorts, from chapbook-length projects to unconventional leaflets and broadsides. Our print media foregrounds the intersection of form and content, always looking to pair the highest quality and most appropriate materials with the most exciting art and literature. Do you make controversial graphic art and are looking to make prints? Does your poetry contain a strong visual element that demands a well-considered presentation? Are you passionate about print media and its thriving exchange economy? Send your work to The Blasted Tree for consideration - we need material from all walks of life to make into unique print media.

The Blasted Tree also accepts digital media for publication online. Audio, video, photography, and more, we curate the weird and wonderful digital creations on our website, social media, and YouTube channel. Send us your most provocative digital media for our consideration today!

Original, unpublished poems, stories, art, and digital media can be sent to: theblastedtree@gmail.com

Print MEDIA

From chapbooks to leaflets, longsheets, and beyond, The Blasted Tree provides a venue for up-and-coming and established Canadian artists to showcase their creations in print. Presented on high quality papers in a variety of formats, our print media is a great way to take home a treasure from your favorite Blasted Tree author or artist. Limited editions of our print media are available for purchase from The Blasted Tree Store.