Electro þerdix

Christopher Funkhouser

"Chris Funkhouser's texts - collaborations with humans, machines, and selves - corral the defenestration of meaning as this century's language hurtles towards inconceivable violence. You keep reading beneath the surface of meaning; your teeth chatter. I'm thinking of the 'Recipes' but moreso, 'then got to know down them dying,' which encapsulates this violence: "Damp the dead room of Beverly. Fast that:" There are tiny murders of worlds and words that add up. There are universes and the poem Seven with six lines, the words' first letters spelling out Maine. So in the next poem there's "gathering transcription study close geographical region" - I'm sure of it, the relation. The book ties and unties language like this. Humans and machines write into each other. It's wonderful!"
—Alan Sondheim

"Electro Þerdix is a welcome book due not only to its aesthetical achievements (and they’re not a few but actually quite many that make the book simply one of the best references when the subject is the direct link between digital language and poetry) but also to the field of discussion that it opens up in front of our conceptual machinery for reading poetry." from Marcus Salgado's review at Jacket.

Christopher Funkhouser is an Associate Professor and Director of the Communication and Media program in the Department of Humanities at New Jersey Institute of Technology, where he teaches Digital Poetry, Electronic Literature, Cybertext, and other courses. He has also taught courses at Naropa University (2007) and University of Pennsylvania (2010), where he holds a position as Senior Editor at PennSound. He is author of the documentary study Prehistoric Digital Poetry: An Archeology of Forms, 1959-1995 (University of Alabama Press, 2007), LambdaMOO_Sessions (Writer’s Forum, 2006), and an e-book (CD-ROM), Selections 2.0, published by the Faculty of Creative Multimedia at Multimedia University (Malaysia), where he was a Visiting Fulbright Scholar in 2006. CF can be found online here.

The cover design was a collaborative effort between Karen Pava Randall and Amy Hufnagel.