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By Kevin Stebner


↓ Analogue

Taxing zigzag upstep
 assent Alaska slopes
 piking stakes

Taigas sylvan tangle
 aslant aspens nettle
 knotty ilexes

August season likens
supple violet oxlips settle
gentle tulips solely tiptoe

Aslope, eaglet talons
nestle alpine silvae

 lupine noises lastly
 outing violin lentos

attain apexes
 intake sunset vistas
 seeing pastel sepias
Valley gazing


↑ Analog

Alpinist pinpoint elevates
Okanagan Kootenay vantages

plotline ensuings
Planting goatlike saplings
sinopial gneisses slatings
peakiest alluvion steepens
 situates pleasant lakelets
nippiest gustings
tentpegs stalking signpost

Artist's Note

I've been working on a series of Game Genie Poems - poetry written using limited word-length in lipogram – written entirely within the 1990 Nintendo peripheral: the Game Genie. Every code for the Game Genie used 8 or 6 of a limited number of letters (16 possible letter in the alphabet, thus eliminating much used letters like r, h, d, etc) to create a number of effects in the games. In this case, one poem is written using only 6-letter words, in the prescribed lipogram, and the other with 8-letter words. So these poems are all written in what could conceivably be Game Genie codes. Inspired by the constraint work of Perec and the Oulipo.

The subject matter of the available words spoke to a thematic ""analogue"" to Rene Daumal's surreal mountain climbing adventure ""Mount Analogue.""
Kevin Stebner is an artist, poet and musician from Calgary, Alberta. He produces visual and installation art using old videogame gear, and produces music with his chiptune project GreyScreen, post-hardcore in his band Fulfilment, as well as alt-country in the band Cold Water, and is very active in DIY production and running record labels, Revolution Winer (vinyl) & Bart Records (cassette). His first book of poems, Sunshine Policy, is out from Straw Books. Stebner has spent the quarantine preparing two new manuscripts, his first novel No Thing But Nothing, and a large amass of typewriter visual poems. He is also the proprietor of Calgary's best bookstore that's in a shed, Shed Books.

Insta: @revolutionwinter