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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  19 ratings  ·  4 reviews
In fractal economies, derek beaulieu pushes the limits of poetry and poetics by grinding language through the mill of photocopiers, found material, collage, printmaking, frottage and Letraset—creating a new language for the genre. These “fractal economies,” or series of increasingly complex replications of forms through the repeated application of a fixed set of rules, cha ...more
Paperback, 96 pages
Published February 1st 2006 by Talonbooks
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Andrew Penner
Well, I read it--as much as one can "read" such a book.

Honestly, I have no idea what to make of it. How does one rate something that's so frustrating yet so apparently good? It defies a simple value judgement. Not only that, but how does one read something that can be "seen" in a couple of seconds when the poet obviously put a lot of time and effort into creating the individual poems?

You'll just have to look at it yourself and see what you come up with and, when you do, let me know because I'm a
I liked the actual content. Provocative, compelling, and aesthetically intriguing in the best way. I thought the essay at the end was pretty much entirely vacuous intellectually. Sometimes you've got to let the art speak for itself, really.
There is no way to rate this anthology of poetry. You have to read - err, see it for yourself.
A wonderful adventure in language, signs and communication complete with a thought provoking essay.
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From wikipedia:

Derek Alexander Beaulieu (born 1973) is a Canadian poet, publisher and anthologist.
Beaulieu studied contemporary Canadian poetics at the University of Calgary. His work has appeared internationally in small press publications, magazines, and in visual art galleries. He has lectured on small press politics, arts funding and literary community in Canada, the United States, the United
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