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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