The eight-line poem is located in the Annex behind Coach House Books, a reputable indie publisher in Toronto. bpNichol (1944-1988) was a Canadian poet widely known for his concrete poetry, but his body of work also includes novels, short fiction, children’s books, musical scores, comic book art, collage/assemblage, and computer text.
bpNichol, illustration from Snore Comics Number Two
In bpNichol’s poetry, one finds
a long engagement with the typewriter and its unique ability to mechanically reproduce letters an exact distance apart; in other words, the grid-like qualities of typewritten text allowed him to create meaning semantically and visually, horizontally and vertically.
bpNichol, Aleph Unit Opened (from exhibit catalog DOORS: To Oz & Other Landscapes, 1979)
bpNichol (Barrie Phillip Nichol) was born September 30, 1944 in Vancouver, British Columbia. His writing is, by definition, engaged with what he called “borderblur”: in his lifetime he wrote (somewhere between) poetry, novels, short fiction, children’s books, musical scores, comic book art, collage/assemblage, and computer texts.