A collection of small artists' books
dedicated to experimental, concrete and visual poetry,
or any work combining text and visual arts
in the spirit of dadaism or fluxus.
"C FOR BRECHT"
Edited by Les Coleman
Texts and postcards
A6 format (10.5x15 cm / 4 x 6") - 44 pages - Oktober 2008
hardcover, thread and quarter cloth binding
laser printing on ivory paper.
price: 15 euro / 20 US $ / 13 UK Sterling
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Early in 1982 I wrote to George Brecht, with whom I was in intermittent contact,
suggesting the idea that I might edit a small anthology of his scattered contributions
to journals and magazines. After waiting sometime I received his reply. "O.K. with me
if you want to re-publish the writings, but I guess my putting off so long answering
you means I don't want to put any time on it myself". I could understand his lack of
interest in getting involved and let the proposal drift to the back of my mind and did
nothing further. It was not as if I had a publisher in mind, let alone anyone who had
agreed to undertake what was, essentially, a 'labour of love' on my behalf.
I have never met, or spoken, with George but over the years our occasional correspondence
has continued. I send him books og mine as they appear which he consigns to his
"chamber-reading collection". He in turn sent photocopies of his early and difficult to
locate, published works and self-published postcards.
When, in 2006, Francis Van Maele invited me to contribute to his series of books 'C'est mon dada',
resulting in Thunks, the idea of a small George Brecht collection was resurrected in my mind.
These books dedicated to experimental, concrete and visual poetry inspired
by the spirit of Dada and Fluxus presented an unexpected opportunity to gather
together in one place some of George's 'lost' works.
After doing nothing for twenty-six years there is now nothing more to do. (LES COLEMAN)
George Brecht was the 'c' person in the Fluxus code system set up by Maciunas
George passed away on December 2008 in Cologne after a long illness
Francis Van Maele
Dugort, Achill Island, County Mayo, Ireland