Dimitra Xidous slows time down, almost grinding it to a halt, in her quest to handle the materiality of language, its relationships to the body. In evidence is pleasure in turning words over and over again. Circularity and curvature, waves of motion and perpetually adjusted perception, blend with warm audiovisual motifs; hyphenated identities and reciprocal influences across time, cultures and generations are implicated in the permeability of form. A vivid, fluid poetic exploration of language and loss, and a committed rejection of monocultural thinking shown, not told.
— Christodoulos Makris, author of this is no longer entertainment and The Architecture of Chance
Oh, how about you went around a thing and, circling to your starting point, found the circle was the point after all? Dimitra Xidous is an all-rounder in all the rounds our lives make: in erotic and family circles. Nothing is outside her compass, which means it’s at the centre of her work. Oh, what a surprise, a delight, a lovely glorious nothing, an all-round pleasure!
— Joanna Walsh, author of Vertigo and Break.up
Μηδέν | Oὐδέν (Doire Press, 2020)
Somewhere, there is always a circle…
Μηδέν | Oὐδέν is a collection about nothing; in other words, the poems are not anything; no single thing. Full of turnings and re-turnings, I worked to do what Eavan Boland has described, in the introduction to Object Lessons: “I have put this book together…as a poem might be: in turnings and returnings. In parts which find and repeat themselves and resonate the argument until it loses its reasonable edge and hopefully becomes a sort of cadence…”. More than anything, this is a collection of pleasure, joy, and delight; it is the product of the eye, my eye - gazing out, from zero to infinity, and O.
All about the cover: Circling Objecthood, reconstituted copper plate etching. I am delighted to have created new work not only for the book's cover but also its interior. The titular 'objecthood', the very book-ness of a book within the readers' hands, causes us to relate to words and images in a unique way, a way that has become increasingly precious in a world of online content. Here is a collection to hold and behold, to turn over and over, time and time again, to dip into or read in sequence. The beginning is the end is the beginning of its circularity. - Ria Czerniak-LeBov.
It's such a pleasure to continue the collaboration we started back in 2014 with Keeping Bees. To view more of Ria's work, visit: https://www.instagram.com/riaczerniak/
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