I was privileged to be one of his authors through his xPress(ed) publishing forum which released my MENAGE A TROIS WITH THE 21ST CENTURY. I mention this book so that I can draw attention to one of Jukka's early poetry book designs; if you click on the link title, you will see the vague portrayal of an old college photo which Jukka had presented with computer script.
Many poets would come to benefit from Jukka's design work, frequently using his images on their book covers. You can see a sample at THIS LINK to another one of his publishing projects, Blue Lion Books with (another poetry publishing innovator, Peter Ganick); several covers are presented at that link ... where you also can access one of my books, SILENCES: THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF LOSS (more info HERE on SILENCES). Here is SILENCES' book cover
Jukka-Pekka Kervinen designed the book cover through a program he wrote that generates a stochastic layout based on the letters of my name. After the layout phase, the program chooses one photograph from a big group of Jukka's photos, makes some manipulations, and then superimposes the manipulated fragment with the letter combination. Part of Jukka's poetics has to do with not allowing editing. Thus, after each (cover) image is generated, Jukka always destroys the original Postscript file.
The process reflects what Jukka calls one of his "basic" principles: "simply, if I use programs to generate works, I'm not allowed to edit them afterwards, otherwise I will make them manually."
Not only do I appreciate the thoughtfulness of the process, but I appreciate how it reflects the fragility of life and poetry. And how poetry, ultimately, cannot be pinned down. Thank you, Jukka!
Anyway, that's all background to my next mini-book, whose impetus was the most recent flyer of San Francisco State University's Poetry Center Calendar of Events. On nice glossy paper, it highlighted an example from Jukka's work, which is part of a 21st century international visual poetry anthology being celebrated at the Poetry Center:
The Last VisPo Anthology: Visual Poetry 1998–2008 with editors Crag Hill & Nico Vassilakis, and guests
Thursday MAR 14: 4:30 pm
@ the Poetry Center, HUM 512, SFSU, free
Friday MAR 15: 7:00 pm
@ Meridian Gallery, 535 Powell St., San Francisco
$10, $5 student/low income
I also noticed the light brown envelope in which the flyer arrived, noticing specifically the contrast between its plainness and Jukka's colorful work. I liked the contrast, and determined to use it in the mini-book cover.
I cut up the colorful flyer into a series of "pages" for the mini-book which I sized at 2" x 2.75."