Penteract Press no.12—

Clear Skies by Ken Hunt

Clear Skies is an erasure of the official transcript of the Enola Gay, the military aircraft that dropped two atomic bombs, one on Hiroshima and one on Nagasaki, in August of 1945.The page’s sparse landscape of surviving text echoes the paradoxical absence/presence of those whose lives were either ended or touched in some way by the bomb.

Ken Hunt’s written work has appeared in Chromium Dioxide, No Press, Spacecraft Press, Rampike, and Matrix Magazine. His first book of poetry, Space Administration, was published in 2014 by the LUMA Foundation as part of Hans Ulrich Obrist and Kenneth Goldsmith’s 89+ Project. For three years, Ken served as managing editor of NōD Magazine, and for one year, he served as poetry editor of filling Station. In 2014, Ken founded Spacecraft Press, an online publishing venue for writing inspired by the various lexicons of science and technology.

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Penteract Press no.11—

The Nocturne of Orpheus by Christian Bök

The Nocturne of Orpheus is a love-poem — an alexandrine sonnet, written in blank verse, with 33 letters in each line, all of which create a perfect, double acrostic of the dedication; moreover, the poem is also a perfect anagram of the sonnet “When I Have Fears That I May Cease to Be” by John Keats (transforming his meditation about the mortality of love into a mournful farewell by the poet before he enters Hell).”

Christian Bök is the author of Eunoia (Coach House Books, 2001), a bestselling work of experimental literature that has gone on to win the Griffin Prize for Poetic Excellence (2002). Crystallography (Coach House Press, 1994), his first book of poetry, has been nominated for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award (1995). Nature has interviewed Bök about his work on The Xenotext (making him the first poet ever to appear in this famous journal of science). Bök has also exhibited artworks derived from The Xenotext at galleries around the world, including (among others) the Bury Art Gallery in Bury, the OlgaKorper Gallery in Toronto, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver, the Power Plant in Toronto, and the Broad Art Museum in East Lansing. Bök teaches students of Creative Writing in the School of Creative Arts and Humanities at Charles Darwin University.

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Penteract Press no.10—

The White Whale by Anthony Etherin

The White Whale presents two poems. The first is a palindrome by letter, the second a palindrome by pairs of letters. These two palindromes are perfect anagrams of each other. Inspired, both in its content and in the extent of its constraint, by Ahab’s obsession, The White Whale represents Etherin’s most intricate constrained work, to date.”

Anthony Etherin is a UK-based writer of experimental poetry and music. His poems have appeared online in The Account and Nagari magazines, among others, and he has had leaflets or chapbooks published by No Press, Spacecraft Press, and The Blasted Tree. Find him on twitter, @Anthony_Etherin, and via

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Penteract Press no.9—

In the Water of the Gentle Summer Air by S Cearley

In the Water of the Gentle Summer Air is a poem pair that mimics the undulations of water, fish, air, and birds. The turbulent mathematics of hydrodynamic instability is the basis of this human-computer patois describing nature.”

S Cearley is a former professor of philosophy and AI researcher in computer-derived writing. He currently lives eight inches above a river, watching ducks, otters and herons. His major influence is human-computer interaction, and how natural and synthetic minds learn from each other in forming new methods of creating imagery. Tweet @scearley or visit

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Openings (After Marcel Duchamp) by derek beaulieu

“Inspired by Marcel Duchamp’s interpretation of chess pieces as alphabetical elements forming poems upon their board, in Openings, the opening gambits of Duchamp’s recorded chess games are rendered glyphically, recreating each opening as the fledgling moments of cellular automata in John Conway’s Game of Life.”

derek beaulieu is the author of eight collections of poetry, four collections of conceptual fiction and two volumes of essays. beaulieu co-edited bill bissett’s RUSH: what fuckan theory (with Gregory Betts) and Writing Surfaces: Selected Fiction of John Riddell (with Lori Emerson). He is the publisher of the acclaimed no press and is the visual poetry editor at UbuWeb. beaulieu has exhibited his work across Canada, the United States and Europe and is an award-winning instructor. He was the 2014–2016 Poet Laureate of Calgary, Canada.

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Event Zone Poem Structure: April by Sacha Archer

“Event Zone Poem Structure was generated by the perennial childhood practice of spinning a globe and placing one’s finger upon chance destinations. Logged each day, this volume records the geographic coordinates by which April’s destinations are circumscribed.”

Sacha Archer is a Canadian writer currently residing in Ontario. He was the recipient of the 2008 P.K. Page Irwin Prize for his poetry and visual art, and in 2010 he was chosen to participate in the Elise Partridge Mentor Program. His work has appeared in journals such as filling Station, ACTA Victoriana, h&, illiterature, NōD, and Experiment-O. He is the author of the chapbooks Dishwashing Event, Part One: Tianjin, China (no press, 2016), and Dishwashing Event, Part Two: Ontario (Puddles of Sky Press, 2016). His chapbooks Acceleration of the Arbitrary (Grey Borders) and Detour [D-1] (Spacecraft Press) are forthcoming.

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