Maxianne Berger is a Montreal poet, editor, reviewer, and translator. Her writing meanders between Japanese genres and Oulipian et alia constraints. Berger’s haiku book Winnows (Nietzsche’s Brolly, 2016) is a radical erasure of Moby Dick.
Maxianne Berger’s Winnows is an extreme erasure of Moby Dick. Using examples from her own doggedness as well as from erasures by others, Berger will illustrate some of the technical challenges of this constraint-based approach to poetry, strategies for overcoming them, as well as important caveats. Where erasure is often referred to as “experimental” — as are […]