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Synopticon: A Collaborative Poetics

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A collaborative poetics by Louis Armand & John Kinsella, with an Introduction by Pierre Joris.

"Who but John Kinsella and Louis Armand could have invented and laid out the 21st Century protocols that govern the intriguing collaborative poems in Synopticon? Encyclopedic, witty, packed with knowledge about arcane subjects, this is a book to sample and reread with ever-inc
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Paperback, 107 pages
Published March 24th 2012 by Litteraria Pragensia Books
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Shauna
Armand & Kinsella’s choice of the name Synopticon, without doubt, is accurate. A collaborative project composed during extended email exchange, Synopticon is a mix of poetics, cultural archaeology, and textual collage. The project records the authors’ investigation into authorship and authenticity in the construction of social texts and cultural artifacts. From the Author’s Note:

The term “synopticon” was intended to suggest, also, a type of generative textual synchronicity-machine, at work o
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Dorothy McKinney
These poems are definitely dense and require multiple read-throughs and probably google close at hand. The poems have many levels of word play and meaning going on at once, probably in large part due to the collaborative nature of the work. As the introduction alludes to, if you're a fan of Derrida, this will be a ball for you to read. I suppose to sum it up, these poems are very academic, and not for the weak of mind (I started reading them when I was sleepy and that was an absolutely horrible ...more
Elizabeth Cribb
Sorry, someone may love this book but I couldn't get into it.
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Louis Armand is a Sydney-born writer & visual artist who has lived in Prague since 1994. He has worked as an editor, publisher & curator, & as a subtitles technician at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival; currently he lectures in the Philosophy Faculty of Charles University & is an editor of VLAK magazine. He has published four novels, Breakfast at Midnight (Equus, 2012), Clair Obscur ...more
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