LOUIS BURY is the author of Exercises in Criticism: the Theory and Practice of literary Constraint (Dalkey Archive Press) and Assistant Professor of English at Hostos Community College, CUNY. He writes regularly about visual art for Hyperallergic, and his creative and critical work has been published in Bookforum, The Los Angeles Review of Books, BOMB, Boston Review, and The Believer.
The sculptor Dorian Gaudin has been making a name for himself with kinetic installations that combine Alexander Calder’s economy of form and Jean Tinguely’s gearbox aesthetic, teasing viewers with the stirrings of what seem like autonomous machines.
Louis Bury teaches literature at NYU, is a part-time professional poker player, and is an English Ph.D. candidate at the CUNY Graduate Center, where he is at work on a constraint-based dissertation about constraint-based writing. The above poems were written on New York City mass transit according to the Oulipian procedure known as subway poetry: write one line per stop; start a new stanza whenever you transfer trains or buses; no revision permitted afterwards.