Apophenia: Forty-One Dada Dilemmas


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Prefaced by an epigraph from Plato, this book by Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé comprises poem riddles, written up as impossible puzzles. Apophenia is used as a central technique, the term referring to the human tendency to perceive patterns and meaningfulness in random data and unrelated phenomena. Invoking an assortment of literary figures — a diverse spread, from Akhmatova, Bishop, DeLillo, Diogenes, Eliot, Hejinian, Murakami, Niedecker, Plath, Derrida, Deleuze, Stein, Tzara, to Yeats — this book revels in conflation and catachresis in generating its suite of absurdist poems. This is a commemorative book, marking the publication centennial of Dada: The Art & Literature Review.

This book is one offering within the Primer Life Series, a suite of books that celebrates the shared text. Peppered with a prime number of poems, each collection remains thematically unique, with each poem faced with a blank page on its right. The invitation to the reader is to fill in the gaps, the existential caesurae, between the poems. From this peculiar hypothesis of the suppositional-collaborative, a conversation begins. It is a conversation that exists because authors exist, because readers exist. It is a conversation steeped in the dialogic imagination, one that would make Bakhtin nod approvingly, and then smile.

ISBN: 9789811133954
Cover Type: Softcover
Page Count: 112
Year Published: 2017
Language: English

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