Book 1Book - 2015
Internationally best-selling poet Christian Bök has spent more than ten years writing what promises to be the first example of "living poetry." After successfully demonstrating his concept in a colony of E. coli , Bök is on the verge of enciphering a beautiful, anomalous poem into the genome of an unkillable bacterium ( Deinococcus radiodurans ), which can, in turn, "read" his text, responding to it by manufacturing a viable, benign protein, whose sequence of amino acids enciphers yet another poem. The engineered organism might conceivably serve as a post-apocalyptic archive, capable of outlasting our civilization.
Publisher: Toronto : Coach House Books, ©2015
Branch Call Number: C811.6 BOK 2015
Characteristics: 159 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm