BEN ROBINSON WITHOUT FORM
What to say about a work concerned with void, gap, and silence?
And the earth was without form, and void. - Genesis 1:2 (KJV)
Is a gap nothing? Or is it eloquent? Of what does a silence speak? - Erín Moure
Since the mid-1500s, the text of the Holy Bible has been subdivided into chapters and verses. These markings are all we see in Ben Robinson’s Without Form, a meticulous erasure of the Bible sparing only its notation. The resultant text drifts like atomized numerical clouds across the mathematical superstructure of the divine, hinting at a supreme silence before the word. This ambitious project encompasses all sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments combined—over seven hundred and fifty pages—co-published as a limited edition hardcover art book by The Blasted Tree and knife | fork | book.
knife | fork | book and The Blasted Tree
STRICTLY LIMITED EDITION
50 copies. Numbered.
Foil stamped cover.
BEN ROBINSON is a poet, musician, and librarian. He has only ever lived in Hamilton, Ontario on the traditional territories of the Erie, Neutral, Huron-Wendat, Haudenosaunee, and Mississaugas. You can find him online at benrobinson.work.
The Blasted Tree Publishing Co. is a small press based in Mohkinstsis promoting exceptional experimental writing by Canadian and international authors. I publish innovative poetry and visual poetry, short fiction, drama, graphic narrative, creative nonfiction, and multimedia art, with a special focus on the physical embodiment of unique practices and perspectives. Much of our content is available online, and I encourage you to browse the selection of print media in the online store. I even offer a subscription service if you like having chapbooks and leaflets appear in your mailbox. theblastedtree.com
With a passion for simple design and good work, Tkaronto-based knife | fork | book has been publishing poetry chapbooks since 2017. “Our aim,” says KFB’s publisher Kirby, “is to serve the book,” tending to the beauty of the book in hand. In 2019, KFB launched a second imprint, What Queer Reading [wQr], edited by Fan Wu, with a directive to publish queer/BIPOC poets. Also in 2019, KFB launched a NOT YOUR BEST series, the premiere issue edited by Eric Schmaltz. We have since branched out into broadsides, ephemera, and full-length collections. knifeforkbook.com