Chapbooks by VII: VII is seven voices fused into one exquisite corpse: Manahil Bandukwala, Ellen Chang-Richardson, Conyer Clayton, nina jane drystek, Chris Johnson, Margo LaPierre and Helen Robertson. Based on the belief that seven minds are better than one and that many ideas make joyous chorus, we say: We are I and I is VII. Formed in March 2020, VII is based in Ottawa, Ontario, the traditional unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishinabeg First Nation.
"Sprawl | the time it took us to forget" is a bpNichol short-listed collaborative chapbook written by Conyer Clayton and Manahil Bandukwala over email in a few weeks in March 2020, published by Collusion Books in December 2020. Orders for a limited 2nd print run can be placed on the Collusion books website.
in January 2021, we released a visual/sonic version of the chapbook, made in collaboration with Nathanael Larochette, Liam Burke, Andy Verboom, and Ruqaiya Quettawala. The audio and music can be found on bandcamp, and the video can be seen on youtube.
This chapbook is one long poem, consisting of poems written alternately by Conyer and Manahil, in which we echo one another's lines, images, and feeling. This is a document of the isolation, longing, anxiety, and loneliness that permeated the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020. It is a chapbook of friendship and dreaming.