Poetry. AMPERS&THROPOCENE is a collection of vibrant vispo created using the ampersand.
"In these pages, Gary Barwin—burdened, inspired, and liberated by the &—creates visual poems in the shadow of that character (itself but a crippling into place of the Latin word et). Each poem is a meditation on the & and its pretzeling power to hold the eye and generate the simplest thought: plus. Barwin imposes his imagination on this character to produce repeated instances of gorgeous beauty via Escherian reflection, dis- and re-integration, logoism, diagrammatism, abstraction, amoebaification, and a curvilinear Mondrianism before finishing with the flourish of a triskelion. This book demonstrates the power afforded text even at this subatomic level, and it gladdens the eye with every page."—Geof Huth
"AMPERS&THROPOCENE is a wundrful vispo work complementaree colours n lettr shapes veree musical sum parts full orchestra sum parts minimal n presentid in spinning n also seeminglee still harmoneez a wundrous work."—bill bissett
"AMPERS&THROPOCENE transmogrifies with bravura. Each image invites us to witness its carefully constructed, vibrant and dynamic language of visual and poetic expression."—Dona Mayoora
Gary Barwin is a writer, composer, and multidisciplinary artist. His 25 books include A Cemetery for Holes, with Tom Prime and For It is a Pleasure and a Surprise to Breathe: New and Selected Poems, ed. Alessandro Porco. His national bestselling novel Yiddish for Pirates won the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour and also a finalist for both the Governor General's Award for Fiction and the Scotiabank Giller Prize. A new novel, Nothing the Same, Everything Haunted: The Ballad of Motl the Cowboy will appear next year and AMPERS&THROPOCENE, a collection of his visuals based on the ampersand was published by Penteract Press (UK) in August 2020. He has a PhD in music and has been writer in residence at many universities and libraries. He lives in Hamilton, Ontario where he holds the David W. McFadden Chair in Diffuse but Earnest Luminosity at the National Rhyme Institute of Canada.Author City: Hamilton, ON CAN