tattered sails (after un coup de des)
Beaulieu Derek, tattered sails ( after un coup de des ) (Ottawa: above/ground press, 2018).
Beaulieu Derek, tattered sails ( after un coup de des ) (Ottawa: above/ground press, 2018).
Derek Beaulieu
tattered sails (after un coup de des)
Ottawa: above/ground press, 2018
215 x 140 mm, 12
Inkjet, stapled
ISBN 
978-1-988495-65-1

"“Tattered Sails” is a visual interpretation of Marcel Broodthaers’s response to Stephane Mallarme’s “Un coup de Dés jamais n'abolira le Hasard.” In 1969, Broodthaers published an edition in which he replaced all of the text in Mallarme’s poem with black bars the size and shape of the original’s writing. The resultant text highlights the radical layout of Mallarme’s poem, with reading across 2-page spreads, shifting type sizes and a shifting reading diction. Broodthaers’ version of “Un coup de Dés” elevates layout and structure to the level of writing itself; content becomes secondary to decisions of the tactile treatment of text.
With “Tattered Sails”, I have continued the tactile treatment of this poem by folding the double-sized pages of Broodthaers’ poem (suggesting the hang and fold of sails on the mast) , shifting Broodthaers’  bars in to the heaving beams and broken masts of a ship-wreck of meaning."

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