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Irresponsible Mediums

In 1968, avant-garde artist Marcel Duchamp and composer John Cage exhibited Reunion, a chess performance, in Toronto Canada where whenever a player moved a piece, it generated a musical note until the game was transformed into a symphony. Inspired by this performance, Irresponsible Mediums--poet and academic Aaron Tucker's second full-length collection of poems--translates Duchamp's chess games into poems using the ChessBard (an app co-created by Tucker and Jody Miller) and in the process, recreates Duchamp's joyous approach to making art, while also generating startling computer-made poems that blend the analog and digital in strange and surprising combinations. With an introduction by Jennifer Shahade, two time U.S. Women's Chess Champion. Praise for Punchlines "Witty and deceptively clever poems... Short, crisp and highly entertaining... A pleasure to read and a harbinger of bigger things to come." --Michael Dennis (blog) "Tucker takes pleasure in the absurdist view of recognizing that the meaning we seek in our lives is intangible, unattainable. It's this existential humour that provides the cornerstone of Punchlines' yearning subtext." --Ryan Pratt, Ottawa Poetry Newsletter (blog)
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