Acclaimed experimental poet Christian Bök sits down with interviewer Peter Watts to discuss his latest work, The Xenotext.
Christian Bök is a poet, conceptual artist and professor of English at the University of Calgary. He is the author of Crystallography, a pataphysical encyclopedia nominated for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award, and of Eunoia, a bestselling work of experimental literature awarded the Griffin Prize for Poetic Excellence. He has also earned many accolades for his virtuoso performances of sound poetry, particularly the Ursonate by Kurt Schwitters. Bök presents The Xenotext, a scientific and literary study that combines the principles of DNA mutation and poetry.
Peter Watts is the author of Blindsight, Echopraxia and the Rifters trilogy. He is an ex-marine-biologist/felon who seems especially popular among people who don't know him. His awards usually hail from overseas, except for a Hugo (won thanks to fan outrage over an altercation with Homeland Security), a Jackson (won thanks to fan sympathy over nearly dying from flesh-eating disease) and a couple of Canadian awards you've never heard of. Blindsight is a core text for a variety of university courses ranging from Philosophy to Neuropsychology, despite an unhealthy focus on space vampires. Watts' work is available in 19 languages.