Turns comprises three objects, presented in a box:
- The word fish does not swim: a cog-shaped text combiner (dramatised above)
- Wordsworth: a flip-flap book, permuting variations on Wordsworth’s line “I wandered lonely as a cloud.”
- Tournure: a miniature book, read in rotation.
Philip Terry was born in Belfast, and is a poet, translator, and a writer of fiction. He has translated the work of Georges Perec and Raymond Queneau, and is the author of the novel tapestry, shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize. His poetry volumes include Oulipoems, Shakespeare’s Sonnets, Dante’s Inferno, and Dictator, a version of the Epic of Gilgamesh in Globish. He is currently translating Ice Age signs from the caves at Lascaux. The Penguin Book of Oulipo, which he edited, appeared in 2019. More information here.
Bonus material: an automated, combinatorial poem, here.