Ugly Duckling Presse

Notes on Conceptualisms, the blank edition
Notes on Conceptualisms, the blank edition

Robert Fitterman and Vanessa Place

Poetics $20
Out of Print

With its bold blank cover, specially designed by Ugly Duckling Presse to enhance the object-quality of this milestone of contemporary poetics, this special edition of Notes on Conceptualisms (UDP 2009) is based on a historic Conceptualist book (we're not divulging which one). Enacting the conceptualist concept of echo, we haven't changed a single word in the text. All 81 copies are signed and numbered by the authors.

About the Author

Robert Fitterman and Vanessa Place

Robert Fitterman is the author of 14 books of poetry including No, Wait Yep. Definitely Still Hate Myself (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2014), Holocaust Museum (Counterpath, 2013, Veer 2012), now we are friends (Truck Books, 2010), Rob the Plagiarist (Roof Books, 2009), war, the musical (Subpress, 2006), and Notes on Conceptualisms, co-authored with Vanessa Place (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2009). His long poem Metropolis, has been published in 4 separate volumes. Rob’s Word Shop — an artist's book based on a durational performance project — is forthcoming from UDP in 2015. He is the founder of Collective Task, a collective of over 30 international artists and writers who complete monthly “tasks” assigned by its members. He teaches writing and poetry at New York University and at the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College.  

Vanessa Place was the first poet to perform as part of the Whitney Biennial; a content advisory was posted.

Advance Praise

For those not familiar with conceptualist practices in poetry, I can recommend few better places to start than Notes on Conceptualisms.—Thom Donovan, bomblog
But it's a book you're going to want to carry around with you as you go about your daily business, being the most ambitious & serious account of the dynamics underlying emergent poetics in the United States I've encountered in years.—Ron Silliman
The petite, wallet-sized book fits perfectly to that impulse that the tree, in fact, did fall in the forest. And, you should go see where the hell it fell.—Coldfront