permafrost: 20+1 sms zeptopoems
by Álvaro Seiça
permafrost is the new poetry chapbook by Álvaro Seiça. permafrost launches The Proposal Series, a collaborative editorial project by Bypass Editions and Flatland Design.
On September 15, 2008, the newspaper Público published an article about the world's most northern town, Longyearbyen, Norway, which chronicled the unusual life and habits of the researchers that study the Arctic and its permafrost, the permanently frozen subsoil.
Inspired by this text, Álvaro Seiça wrote a series of sms poems with 140 characters, challenging not only the boundaries between informative text and fictional text, but also the meaning of poetic text, poem, poetic sources, and line break.
permafrost brings into question the role of mankind vs. the environmental degradation, the technological awareness vs. the ecological unawareness, the public vs. the private sphere, the creative act, the writing process, the invention of the poetic and fictional narrative, the poetics of everyday life, the ecopoetics, the literary and non-literary sources, the objective vs. the subjective, the real vs. fiction, the degree of intelligibility of the poetic detachment and the metaphorical limits of a word. As Seiça refers, "the frozen soil becomes, without a doubt, a very uddered terrain and not inhospitable at all."
Álvaro Seiça (1983, Aveiro, Portugal) is a writer and editor. He holds a MA in Contemporary American Literature, having received a summa cum laude for his thesis "Transduction: Transfer Processes in Digital Literature and Art." In 2007, with Gaëlle Marques, he founded BYPASS, a nomadic editorial and curatorial project. He has published several poems and essays on different journals, the most recent being “Anti-Spam: Reinventing Data” (2012), at Parsons Journal for Information Mapping, PIIM/New School, New York. He currently lives in Malmö, Sweden.
permafrost launches The Proposal Series
The Proposal Series is a collection of experimental proposals that focus on the form and content of the book, its text and image, prompting the challenge of the textual, the literary, the visual, the artistic, the aesthetic and the graphic, with independent means of production.
TPS is a collaborative project by BYPASS Editions
(Gaëlle Marques + Álvaro Seiça) and Flatland Design
(Paulo Freitas + Sofia Gonçalves).
TPS #1: permafrost: 20+1 zeptopoemas sms
Special thanks to Público and José Manuel Fernandes for the reprinting courtesy; Mais Uma vez for the book's stitching, and João Andrade Madeira for the English PR suggestions.
Graphic Design and Production: Flatland Design
Portuguese, 24 pages, 15 x 21 cm, 1 color, printed on a Riso.
It contains 1 A4 poster on the cover, printed F/B. The poster is a facsimile of the news "No Grande Norte: Termómetro do Planeta" (15.09.2008), by José Manuel Fernandes, published at Público newspaper.
Edition of 80