Poetry. Art. "Duchamp's Nude came eddying down the staircase carrying a chessboard & some sort of dictionary. 'Your move,' she said. I started with 'angular.' She won in less than ten moves. Kept on winning. Even when I painted the board red she beat me. It wasn't until I started opening with Smurfs or the sigils of YouTube & Facebook, things she'd never seen before, that I began to be competitive. I finally won when I brought Nelson Mandela forward. That's when Daddy stepped in. I never won again. 'A readymade Mark,' he called me."—Mark Young
LES ÉCHIQUIERS EFFRONTÉS contains conceptual and surrealist visual poetry constructed on chessboard grids by the Australia-based poet and editor of the international journal, Otoliths.
Poet Mark Young was born and raised in New Zealand. His visual poetry often enacts language as a field with many possible paths. Playful and allusive in both his vispo and text-based poetry, Young engages words as both sources and objects. Young is the author of more than a dozen poetry collections, including TURPENTINE (Luna Bisonte Prods, 2020), TAXONIMIC DRIFT (Luna Bisonte Prods, 2019), LES ECHIQUIERS EFFRONTES (Luna Bisonte Prods, 2018), Genji Monogatari (2010), and Pelican Dreaming: Poems 1959-2008 (2008). With Jean Vengua, Young edited The First Hay(na)ku Anthology (2005). Young's work has been included in the anthology Big Smoke: New Zealand Poems 1960 -1975 (2000). He edits the online journal Otoliths and its paper-based companion press.Author City: Home Hill AUS