Tanka Vol. 1, by Eileen R. Tabios, is Simulacrum Press’s second March chapbook publication. Tabios’s Tanka, Vol. 1 is a tall, slender chapbook of 20 pages, saddle stitched and printed in an edition of 75 numbered copies.
In Tanka, Vol. 1, prolific poet and reader, Eileen R. Tabios, investigates the classical Japanese tanka. Presenting a scope of work, from her early engagements with the form to increasingly stylized experiments, a progression of possibility opens in the arena of stricture. Where in the initial section we find the poems following the traditional form (as it manifests when romanized), for the following sections Tabios utilizes her MDR (Murder Death Resurrection) Poetry Generator to set the stage for reconfiguration, then excavation.
‘Tanka, Vol.1’ by Eileen R Tabios (Domestic/ Canada)
‘Tanka, Vol. 1’ by Eileen R. Tabios (International)
Sacha Archer’s 2068 is a pocket sized chapbook produced in an edition of 55 numbered copies each running 52 pages (printed on one side).
Time and the poem. Time and life. Whichever way you come at it, time molds the state of matter, it’s perceived value, it’s relevance. Does the poem increase in value with time—is the poet aiming for immortality? 2068 uses the time limit of expiration dates to observe the poem under pressure. How does the poem on page change when it has expired, when it’s only content is it’s allotted life-span? And when it has expired—has it? Also, inevitably, 2068 is a mirror of our own mortality.
‘2068’ by Sacha Archer [Domestic/Canada]
‘2068’ by Sacha Archer [International]
Simulacrum Press enthusiastically let’s loose on the world Daniel f. Bradley’s Running credit checks with no shame now. Printed in an edition 45, this colourful, saddle stitched chapbook spans 38 pages.
With it’s title lifted from the lyrics of Nelly’s Ride with Me, Daniel f. Bradley puts forth Running credit checks with no shame now. Using ‘the’ as a sign post, Bradley navigates a mass of lines encountered on the information highway to compose a driving poetic sequence framed by a question of ownership, possession, and the hierarchy which arises from these. Punctuated by Bradley’s continuing refusal to claim copyright, the spirit of open sharing dreams a mobility where borders/limits are a tool of creation, not of restriction.
‘Running credit checks with no shame now’ by Daniel f. Bradley (Domestic/Canada)
‘Running credit checks with no shame now’ by Daniel f. Bradley (International)
Simulacrum Press is proud to release its fifth publication (and second of 2018), 9 Sonic Malfunctions by Rosaire Appel. Printed in an edition of 50, Malfunctions is a fine 20 page, saddle stitched chapbook.
Starting with Rosaire Appel’s 2012 publication, See Songs, this 20 page chapbook, 9 Sonic Malfunctions, continues Appel’s investigation into the belief that not only can the eye see, but also hear. Comprised of 9 scores, the intensity of the line in Malfunctions will submerge you in these visual/aural landscapes where our base concepts of reading and sensory function are challenged.
‘9 Sonic Malfunctions’ by Rosaire Appel (Domestic/Canada)
‘9 Sonic Malfunctions’ by Rosaire Appel (International)
Simulacrum Press presents Philosophy, a chapbook of visual poems by Sacha Archer. Printed in an edition of 50, Philosophy was produced with 5 different colour covers, each with a unique scrap torn from a book of philosophy which had fallen into disrepair.
In Philosophy, Archer takes Arthur Rimbaud at his word when he writes “…we have Medicine and Philosophy, household remedies and folk songs rearranged“. Cutting and rearranging the lyrics of popular folk songs as they appear on their respective album jackets, a short series of crawling visual poems have been composed.
‘Philosophy’ by Sacha Archer [Domestic/Canada]
‘Philosophy’ by Sacha Archer [International]
On the heals of the last Simulacrum publication comes a poster of a captivating visual poem, Ham Hat So Off, by the revered John M. Bennett. Published in an edition of 10 full-colour posters, each 20×26″ on 230 lb paper.
Bennett needs no introduction. Prolific visual/ avant-garde poet who just can’t help but produce breath-takingly fresh, raw, intense work. Ham Hat So Off is no exception. This work, presenting a pair of calligraphic scrawls, reminiscent, in their presentation, of Asian calligraphies on hanging scrolls exhibits the fine tuned chaos of Bennett’s signature hand.
To purchase Ham Hat So Off please email simulacrumpress at gmail dot com to determine individual shipping costs (poster is $25.00 CAD).
Simulacrum Press is excited to present its second publication, a substantial chapbook of more than 50 pages: Robert Keith’s Ululation. Produced in an edition of 75 copies with sewn binding.
To define a word one must use more words. Let me explain… but, as Robert Keith begins his long poetic tumble down the rabbit hole of language, “where to begin…”? Just as Alice tumbled, bewildered, down the earthy throat of associations, so does the reader of Ululation, a web of language that is self-propelling and unforgiving. A dizzying investigation into meaning and clarity in the midst of absurdity.
‘Ululation’ by R. Keith [Domestic/Canada]
‘Ululation’ by R. Keith [International]
The inaugural publication from Simulacrum Press is Sacha Archer’s Zoning Cycle. It is in an edition of 5 boxes. Each box contains 370 light-weight, loose cards.
In Zoning Cycle, each day of the year is allocated a unique set of 4 co-ordinates. Each set of co-ordinates acts to demarcate an event-zone which is active only on its given day. All speech which occurs within an active event-zone is part of the poem; a poem located somewhere between the imagined and the actual.
Simulacrum Press is now! Be… be… be… beginning! And welcome, all who somehow find yourselves at this press.
Simulacrum Press is run solely by Sacha Archer (sachaarcher.wordpress.ca). So, yes, it is a (very) small outfit and will do what it can with the means it has. I am extremely excited to see what this little experiment is to become–as it is an experiment–I am proceeding through the dark. Simulacrum will be publishing chapbooks, broadsides and ‘special projects’–and likely, a little later on, I’ll begin full-length print-on-demand collections–but not at this time.
What kind of work will Simulacrum publish? I’m looking generally for experimental, avant-garde works of POETRY POETRY and only POETRY. But what poetry is exactly… In theory I’m looking for works of poetry which do not really resemble poetry–and that that is vague is, perhaps, good.
Obviously, as time moves forward, the works published through Simulacrum will serve as more and more of a guide for the kind of work I’m looking for–hopefully never arriving at an overtly clear definition.
Who knows what will happen.
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