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Duos #8 – Urban Dictionary (a language)

By Frédéric Forte & Christodoulos Makris.

Frédéric Forte was born in Toulouse, France, in 1973, and lives in Paris. He has been a member of the well-known Oulipo (Workshop of Potential Litterature) since 2005. He has published 9 collections of poetry (the most recent being Dire ouf (P.O.L, Paris, 2016)) and several chapbooks. Three of his books have been translated in English: Seven String Quartets (La Presse/Fence Books, Iowa City, 2014), Minute-Operas (Burning Deck, Providence, 2015) and 33 Flat Sonnets (Mindmade Books, Los Angeles, 2016). He has also translated into French the American poets Michelle Noteboom and Guy Bennett.

Christodoulos Makris is “one of Ireland’s leading contemporary explorers of experimental poetics” (The RTÉ Poetry Programme). He has published several books, pamphlets, artist’s books and other poetry objects, most recently The Architecture of Chance (Wurm Press, 2015), if we keep drawing cartoons (If A Leaf Falls Press, 2016) and Browsing History (zimZalla avant objects, 2018). One of Poetry Ireland’s ‘Rising Generation’ poets, in 2017 he was Digital Poet in Residence at StAnza Festival in St Andrews, Scotland, and received a project commission from the Irish Museum of Modern Art. He is co-director of Dublin’s multidisciplinary event series Phonica, and the poetry editor of gorse journal and associated imprint Gorse Editions.

First published in 3:AM Magazine: Thursday, May 3rd, 2018.