THE BEE VOLUME

"THE BEE VOLUME" is Volume III in THE FUNK & WAG FROM A TO Z. From 2011 to 2012, artist Mel Chin extracted all of the images from a 25-volume set of Funk & Wagnall’s Universal Standard Encyclopedia (circa 1953–56) and began visually re-editing. Over 500 black-and-white collages are accompanied by 25 poems, one per encyclopedia volume, commissioned by Chin and author Nick Flynn specifically for this publication. Published by The Menil Collection, Houston, TX.

The Funk & Wag from A to Z

 

 


LURID DREAMS IN 5 DAYS

LURID DREAMS IN 5 DAYS reconfigures circa 1970s alarm clocks to contain original poems which cycle in one, five or ten minutes. The collection forms a book reflecting on death and the subconscious.

LURID DREAMS IN 5 DAYS detail: ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE VOID clock

 

 

 

CHANCE BOOKS

CHANCE BOOKS is a collection of original poems in the form of a hand-made functioning game board. The design of the board utilizes an archetypal circle-in-square motif divided vertically into halves—The Book of Depletion and The Book of Accumulation. The poems may be read clockwise or in the order dictated by spinning the spinner. However, the spinner is double-ended, indicating an inseparable connection between the processes of accumulation and depletion. Published in PN Review, Manchester, England.


COFFIN TEXTS

Bound with wooden slats, nails and leather, the pages of COFFIN TEXTS are printed on newsprint which will gradually yellow and decay over time. The short poems speak of an other time of disintegration that precedes rebirth. Translated into Russian by Kanat Omar.


contorted poetry

Bodily contortions performed while reciting original poetry.


reptile flowerngs

Surrealism. Published by editions vaché.

 

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