Minimalist poetry for maximalist times.
Sheets: Typewriter Works extends the minimalist explorations of Cameron Anstee’s first collection, Book of Annotations. Prompted by receiving the Olivetti Lettera 30 typewriter that belonged to poet William Hawkins after his death in 2016, the works in this book explore how small poems operate through the freedoms and constraints of the typewriter as both a decaying machine and a mode of composition. Through engagement with writers and artists like Jiří Valoch, Barbara Caruso, LeRoy Gorman, Cia Rinne, William Hawkins, Dani Spinosa, Kate Siklosi, and Norman McLaren, Sheets: Typewriter Works re-embeds the minimalist poem in the typewritten page.
Cameron Anstee lives and writes in Ottawa, ON where he runs Apt. 9 Press. He is the author of one previous collection of poetry, Book of Annotations, and the editor of The Collected Poems of Williams Hawkins.
“Master of the abundant small, Anstee makes space ring and strikes up the thingness of every word in this collection of the underinked, the overinked, the visual rhythm, the taptaptapestry, lovingly spooling back to past typers and out towards you.”—Susan Holbrook, author of Ink Earl
“I was intrigued by how the micro transcription of an event in time-like a fly landing on the page of a book-opens into reality at large.”—Aram Saroyan, author of Complete Minimal Poems