Yaxkin Melchy’s POETECHNICS is an invitational poetic provocation that both transforms and transcends the traditional categorization(s) of poetry and science. Drawn from the first two full-length books in his decade-in-the-making project, The New World, the sci-tech poems in Poetechnics celebrate Melchy’s lyrically rich and formally inventive approach to disciplinary blurring. This wonderstruck collection, dancing from the depths of the ocean to the furthest reaches of outer space, traverses circuit diagrams, binary sequences, textbook figures, and more. Here, in these thrumming bilingual pages (and their accompanying digital “transfluxions”), we witness Melchy in action, kinetic and expansive, as he invites us to dream alongside him toward “a scientific imaginary rooted in the heart.”
Part of the Cartonera Collective Series, these books include a letterpress cover and are made by hand in community workshops, using sewn binding with recycled cardboard.
“Quick: find your heart. You might dance or you might burn, sprout a seed or grow a circuit. Welcome to the new-wild generation of translational literary poetechnics!” ―Sawako Nakayasu
“An image-rich proliferation (…) with the cosmic dimension of Vicente Huidobro, but re-greened with minute plankton and myriad unprecedented associations. Poetry upturned toward the cosmos inhabiting the continuous spectrum of the miniscule and the macro.” ―Roberto Echavarren
“Yaxkin’s work is extraterrestrial.” ―Enrique Verástegui