Sunday, January 01, 2006

bill bissett: inkorrect thots

This is an email from Vancouver poet Jamie Reid. He sent this out with a small and large version of a piece by Canadian poet bill bissett as pdf (that of course blogger won't let me post). To get copies of the poster, send an email to Jamie at dadababy@shaw.ca

poets artists nd uthrs

wth much fere of being seen to bee provokativ i heerbye send to yu wuns mor
sum copees of the faymus pome by th faymus poet bill bissett called
INKORRECT THOTS

ths posting is konnected wth an internashunul postering campayne in wch
copees of ths poster have alredy appeered in manee canadian citees, frm
british columbia to nova scotia, but also in london, england, in detroit nd
buffalo nd maybee in gambia so far. Ther hav been sum suggestions uv
postings on skanderbeg square in tirana and on the grave of byron. manee
othr writrs hav alredy becum involvd. ultimatlee we hop that they will
appeer on the graves of rimbaud nd manee othr faymus poets nd we ask yu to
help us to acheeve our internashunal objectives.

th basik nd most simple eyedea is to post the poster
in visibul publick places wher people may hav time to reed it,
and if yu yrselves have time,
to monitor what happens to eech poster ovr the cors of time
nd make reeports to mee by e-mail at dadababy@shaw.ca

All uv ths is opshunal uv cors, according to yr own deezirez, but th feeling
of most participants is that it wd be bettr to post thes aftr the new year,
closr t th elekshun, so tht th big X on th postr cn hav its maximum eefekt
nd meening.

PLEEZ NOTE:

Thr ar 2 sizes being sent in PDF format.

THE LARGR WUN CN ONLEE BE PRINTD ON PRINTERS WHICH ALLOW 17 INCHES.

th smallr wun (8 1/2 x 11) shd be OK on eny printr, nd thn, if yu wish,
yu cn take it to a printr and hav it blown up
in as manee copees as you wish,
or yu cn simplee post the small wunz
in larger quantitees so as to fill up the space.

hard copeez uv the larger size are available by snail mail,
r by sending me an e-mail ( dadababy@shaw.ca )
r by riting to me at

279 East 6th Street
North Vancouver, BC
V7L 1P4

ssshhhh! pass it on.......

jr


bill bissett is a rare bird in Canadian poetry, in that he manages to produce a huge amount of work, but somehow slips on and of the grid in regular intervals. One of the new wave of Canadian poets and publishers from the 1960s, bissett was involved (with Seymour Mayne and Patrick Lane) in Very Stone House in British Columbia, and on his own, published the magazine blewointment, which was one of very few outlets at the time publishing non-linear works such as concrete and visual poems (along with bpNichol's own publications, such as GRONK and Ganglia). Moving into books, the whole blewointment experiment was finally sold in the 1980s (but has since been re-launched by Nightwood publisher Silas White). Imagine: every eighteen months, bill bissett, for nearly as long as I've been alive (or perhaps longer) has had a book of his poetry edited and produced by Vancouver's Talonbooks, and he still manages to produce and show artwork all over the country (there was even a "colouring book" that came out a few years ago with New York's Granary Books). Working phonetically, his work is certainly unmistakable, and you can find him all over the internet as well as in various small press publications. But still: why isn't bill more well known?

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