fingerprinting inkoperated

1990–1998

Inspired by bpNichol’s Ganglia Press and jwcurry’s Curvd H&z, I started my own micro press, fingerprinting inkoperated, in the summer of 1990. The name was inspired by the first adopted printing method, rubberstamps, and the uniqueness of the mark. The aim, as stated on the outside of a mailout envelope (#7 below), was to publish ‘intruging & innovative “writing” in any form, format or medium.’

By the time I stamped my index finger on the last publication in 1998, fi had published fiction, poetry, concrete poetry, visual poetry, sound poetry texts, found poetry, and photographs, using rubberstamps, bodystamps, typewriters, pens, pencils, letraset, photocopiers, inkjet, laser and lino printers, and various computer programmes to print on paper, cardstock, envelopes, 35mm slides, mylar, and the world wide web. Authors include Nelson Ball, Christian Bök, jwcurry, MAC Farrant, Gerry Gilbert, bpNichol, David UU, Darren Wershler-Henry, and Alana Wilcox.

fi Publications

This is the official fi listing. However, record keeping wasn’t a priority early on, so omissions may have occured. Prices given are original sale price; ‘nfs’ means the item was not offered for sale. All items are now considered out of print, but many are available from afterwords literature.

1a. Lawson, JonArno. all of a sudden. trade edition. Montréal: August 1990. (3×5 1). concrete poem card (8 x 13) in envelope (8 x 14); rubber-stamp, body-stamp; 38 copies (of 48). .10
b. —. —. numbered & signed edition. as above; 10 copies (of 48). .10
2a. lopes, damian. ‘car headlights.’ trade edition. Montréal: August 1990. (3×5 2). poem card (8 x 13); rubber-stamp, body-stamp; 38 copies (of 48). .10
b. —. —. numbered & signed edition. as above; 10 copies. .10
3a. ‘any form of “writing”…’ Montréal: September 1990. advertisement broadsheet (21 x 28); photocopy, rubber-stamp (variants), body-stamp; 14 copies on white stock (of 50). nfs
b. —. as above; 12 copies on green stock (of 50). nfs
c. —. as above; 12 copies on canary stock (of 50). nfs
d. —. as above; 12 copies on goldenrod stock (of 50). nfs
4. ‘any form/at or…’ Montréal: October 1990. (fingermail 1). advertisement postcard (10 x 15); photocopy, rubber-stamp, body-stamp; 50 copies. nfs
5. lopes, damian. ‘do not readjust your set.’ Montréal: October 1990. (fingermail 2). concrete poem postcard (11 x 14); photocopy, rubber-stamp, body-stamp; 50 copies. .40
6a. ‘any form/at or…’ Montréal: October 1990. advertisement business card (10 x 5); rubber-stamp, body-stamp; approximately 150 copies. nfs
b. —. as above; address in blue not green; approximately 134 copies. nfs
7. ‘a new small press…’ Montréal: October 1990. envelope (17 x 12); 25 copies. typescript, rubber-stamp; 25 copies. used for partial distribution of fingermails 1 & 2 & business cards (items 4-6). nfs
8. Bradley, Daniel f. untitled. Montréal: November 1990. (fingermail 3). visual poem postcard (9 x 13); photocopy, rubber-stamp, body-stamp; 50 copies. .40
9. Bradley, Daniel f. ‘Df.B.’ Montréal: November 1990. (readcycle 1). collage leaflet (11 x 14); photocopy, rubber-stamp, body-stamp; 50 copies. .10
10. j(o(h)n)ston, brian david. mute syntax. Montréal: December 1990. visual poetry; 20 pp (21 x 18) side stitched card covers; photocopy, rubber-stamp, body-stamp; 26 lettered copies. 2.00
11. Evason, Greg. ‘Greg Evason.’ Montréal: December 1990. drawings; 22 pp (21 x 28) side stitched card covers; photocopy, rubber-stamp, body-stamp; 26 lettered copies. 3.00
12. j(o(h)n)ston, brian david. The Search for (A) Continues. Montréal: December 1990. (readcycle 2). found poem leaflet (14 x 11); photocopy, rrubber-stamp body-stamp; 50 copies. .10
13. j(o(h)n)ston, brian david. Basho’s Narrow Road To The Far North (1990). Montréal: January 1991. (fingermail 4). visual poem postcard (21 x 14); photocopy, rubber-stamp, body-stamp; 50 copies. .40
14. lopes, damian. January 16 1991. Montréal: January 1991. (feetprints 1). poem leaflet (6 x 8); typescript, rubber-stamp, body-stamp; 50 copies. .10
15. UU, David. Transfiguration (in memory of bpNichol). Montréal: February 1991. (fingermail 5). visual poem postcard (21 x 14); photocopy, rubber-stamp, body-stamp; 50 copies. .40
16. Bennett, John M. Mindless Drivel. Montréal: February 1991. (feetprints 2). poem leaflet (6 x 8); typescript, rubber-stamp, body-stamp; 50 copies. .10
17. curry, jw. VIDEO HELL. Montréal: February 1991. (readcycle 3). collage leaflet (5 x 7); photocopy, rubber-stamp, body-stamp; 50 copies. .10
18. lopes, damian. [sign crime]. Montréal: February 1991. concrete poem leaflet (13 x 4); photocopy, rubber-stamp, body-stamp; 39 numbered copies. .10
19. Hood, Wharton. ‘saying     nothing.’ Montréal: March 1991. (feetprints 3). poem leaflet (8 x 10); typescript, rubber-stamp, body-stamp; 50 copies. .10
20. lopes, damian. ‘do not readjust your set.’ 2nd edition. Montréal: March 1991.(fingermail 2). concrete poem postcard (14 x 11); photocopy, rubber-stamp, body-stamp; 100 numbered copies. .40
21. curry, jw & Maurice Lucier. untitled. Montréal: April 1991. colour collage broadsheet (19 x 14); colour photocopy, typescript, body-stamp; 26 lettered copies. 2.50
22. UU, David. Poet’s Lament. 2nd edition. Montréal: April 1991. concrete poem leaflet (11 x 14); rubber-stamp, body-stamp; 52 lettered copies. .10
23a. UU, David. candle. Montréal: April 1991. (feetprints 4). poem leaflet (7 x 11); photocopy, rubber-stamp, body-stamp; 8 copies (of 50) with colophon typo, making it the first in the immaculate typo series. .50
b. —. —. as above; without typo; 42 copies (of 50). .10
24. ‘any form of “writing”…’ Montréal: April 1991. advertisement broadsheet (21 x 28); photocopy, rubber-stamp (variants), body-stamp. 2 numbered copies. a reprint of 3b done for David UU’s near complete archive; holograph numbering & signature in pencil. 5.00
25. ‘imprints/inprint.’ Montréal: April 1991. catalogue, change of address postcard (11 x 14); photocopy; 100 copies. nfs
26. UU, David. Transfiguration (in memory of bpNichol). 2nd edition. Victoria: May 1991. (fingermail 5). visual poem postcard (15 x 9); photocopy, rubber-stamp, body-stamp; 88 numbered copies. very slightly revised with ligature in the title. .50
27. Gorman, LeRoy. symmetry / on learning of your death. Victoria: May 1991. (feetprints 5). poetry; 8 pp (11 x 14) saddle stitched self-wrappers with page bottoms uncut; photocopy, rubber-stamp, body-stamp; 50 copies. .50
28. Hood, Wharton. ‘light is slight.’ Victoria: June 1991. (feetprints 6). poem leaflet (7 x 5); typescript, body-stamp; 50 copies. incorrect version printed, see item 41. .10
29. curry, jw. VIDEO HELL. 2nd edition. Victoria: July 1991.(fingermail 6). collage postcard (9 x 13); colour photocopy, rubber-stamp, body-stamp; 53 numbered copies. 1.00
30. Hood, Wharton. ‘WINN.’ Victoria: July 1991. (fingermail 7). found postcard (15 x 10); colour photocopy, rubber-stamp, body-stamp; 53 (states 55) copies. 1.00
31. lopes, damian. silent subtext 5 daybreak. Victoria: July 1991. (fingermail 8). found postcard (11 x 14); colour photocopy, rubber-stamp; only major edition missing body-stamp; 54 copies. 1.50
32. curry, jw. GUITAR. 2nd edition. Victoria: July 1991.(fingermail 9). colour collage postcard (10 x 13); colour photocopy, rubber-stamp, body-stamp; 55 copies. 1.00
33. MegAnne. untitled. Victoria: July 1991. (readcycle 4). assisted found broadsheet (21 x 28); photocopy, body-stamp; 43 numbered copies (holograph correction). .50
34. UU, David. candle. 2nd edition. Victoria: July 1991. (fingermail 10). poem postcard (9 x 12); photocopy, rubber-stamp, body-stamp; 75 copies. .50
35. Anegton. ‘eyes.’ Victoria: August 1991. (fingermail 11). concrete poem postcard (14 x 11); photocopy, rubber-stamp, body-stamp; 75 copies. .50
36a. Beining, Guy R. WHITE WALLS WITH BLACK CORNERS INTO EYELIDS. trade edition. Victoria: August 1991. (readcycle 5). collage leaflet (11 x 14); photocopy, body-stamp; 71 copies (of 75). .25
b. —. —. deluxe edition. as above but (11 x 13); colour photocopy, rubber-stamp, body-stamp; 4 numbered copies (of 75).
37. Bertola, Carla. new writing 1-3. Victoria: August 1991. visual poetry; 8 pp (11 x 7) saddle stitched self-wrappers; photocopy, body-stamp; 75 copies. .50
38. fingerprints aug’90–aug’91. Victoria: August 1991. catalogue leaflet (14 x 21); photocopy, body-stamp; cover drawing by Greg Evason; 110 copies. nfs
39. ‘NEW ADDRESS.’ Victoria: August 1991. advertisement, visual poem business card (9 x 5); photocopy, rubber-stamp; rear visual by damian lopes; 100 copies? nfs
40. Bradley, Daniel f. ‘Df.B.’ 2nd edition. Montréal: September 1991.(readcycle 1). collage leaflet (11 x 14); photocopy, rubber-stamp, body-stamp; 50 copies. .25
41a. Hood, Wharton. ‘slight light.’ 2nd corrected edition. Montréal: September 1991.(feetprints 6). poem card (8 x 6); typescript, body-stamp; 38 copies (of 50). .25
b. —. —. as above; darker print on face; 12 copies (of 50).
42. Bertola, Carla. Alfabeto dei treni. Montréal: October 1991. (fingermail 12). visual poem postcard (17 x 9); photocopy, rubber-stamp, body-stamp; 70 copies. .50
43. Blades, Joe. twist tie #2. Montréal: November 1991. (readcycle 6). found leaflet (11 x 14); photocopy, body-stamp; 75 copies. .25
44. Gilbert, Gerry. ‘caught.’ Montréal: February 1992. (fingermail 13). poem with graphic postcard (21 x 9); photocopy, rubber-stamp, body-stamp; 75 copies. .50
45. lopes, damian. dream poetics: bpNichol, an untitled sound poem. Montréal: February 1992. visual/sound poem broadside (21 x 28); photocopy, body-stamp; photo by Andy Phillips; 75 copies. .75
46. Farrant, MAC. ‘M.A.C. Farrant.’ Montréal: February 1992. prose; 8 pp (10 x 14) saddle stitched card covers; photocopy, body-stamp; 75 copies. 1.00
47. j(o(h)n)ston, brian david. mute syntax. 2nd edition. Montréal: February 1992. visual poetry; 20 pp (14 x 16) side stitched & taped card covers; photocopy, body-stamp; smaller format than 1st edition & new cover design; 50 copies. 3.00
48. ‘fingerprinting inkoperated.’ Montréal: March 1992. catalogue leaflet folded twice (9 x 11); photocopy, colour photocopy, body-stamp; cover visual by damian lopes. 50 copies. nfs
49. Huth, G. Interior Definition #14. Vancouver: July 1992. (1cent 294). concrete poem leaflet (11 x 7); photocopy, body-stamp; 75 copies. .01
50. Huth, G. Interior Definitions. Vancouver: July 1992. concrete poetry; 20 pp (11 x 7) saddle stitched card covers; photocopy, body-stamp; 75 copies. 1.00
51. Nichol, bp. COLD MOUNTAIN. 3rd edition. Vancouver: October 1992. burnable poem; 18 pp (11 x 10) side stitched self-wrappers; laserprint, body-stamp; reprint of the Ganglia Press (Singing Hands 3) 1st edition; 120 copies. 2 known burnings to date. 1.25
52a. ‘“writing” in any form/at…’ Vancouver: October 1992. advertisement broadside (21 x 28); laserprint; 100 goldenrod copies (of 200). nfs
b. —. as above; 100 green copies (of 200). nfs
53. ‘save 6¢.’ Vancouver: November 1992. discount coupon (14 x 5) for Instant Potatoes (item 55); laserprint; 400 copies. 0 redeemed to date. nfs
54. Bertola, Carla. una storia d’amore. Vancouver: November 1992. concrete poetry; 20 pp (18 x 10) side stitched & glued in card covers; laserprint, rubber-stamp, body-stamp; 55 copies. 1.50
55. Collins, Sean. Instant Potatoes. Toronto: March 1993. prose; 8 pp (11 x 14) saddle stitched card covers; laserprint, body-stamp; 50 copies. another in the immaculate typo series. 1.25
56. ‘recent publications (1992-3).’ Toronto: May 1993. advertisement, change of address postcard (11 x 14); laserprint; 100 copies. nfs
57. ‘fingerprinting inkoperated.’ Toronto: May 1993. business card (9 x 5); laserprint; 100 copies? nfs
58. lopes, damian. 2 slides of A. Toronto: June 1993. visual poetry; two 35 mm slides in card wrapper (5 x 5); linoprint, laserprint, body-stamp; 36 copies. 3.60
59. COLD MOUNTAIN assembly instructions.’ Toronto: July 1993. broadside (11 x 10); photocopy; instructions taken from the 2nd edition, to accompany the 3rd; 120 copies. nfs
60. ‘finally back in print…’ Toronto: July 1993. advertisement broadside (21 x 28) for COLD MOUNTAIN; photocopy; 200 copies. nfs
61. ‘finally back in print…’ Toronto: August 1993. advertisement leaflet folded twice (7 x 13) for COLD MOUNTAIN; photocopy; 400 copies. nfs
62. Gorman, LeRoy. thin)gs. Toronto: August 1993. concrete poetry leaflet folded four times (5 x 5); laserprint, body-stamp; 50 copies. .25
63. Lawson, JonArno. DOUBLE YOU. Toronto: August 1993. (fingermail 14). concrete poem postcard (14 x 10); laserprint, rubber-stamp, body-stamp; 50 copies. .50
64. Gorman, LeRoy. the mother of all propaganda. Toronto: September 1993. (fingermail 15). concrete poem postcard (21 x 9); laserprint, rubber-stamp body-stamp; 50 copies. .50
65. Farrant, M.A.C. spin A bible. Toronto: December 1993. prose; arrow-shaped broadside (6 x 20); laserprint, body-stamp; 50 copies. .25
66. Grumman, Bob. Poem for RK. Toronto: December 1993. concrete poem broadside (6 diameter); laserprint, body-stamp; 50 copies. .25
67. curry, jw. two poems. Toronto: December 1993. poetry; 8 pp (7 x 21) saddle stitched card covers; laserprint, body-stamp; 50 copies. 1.00
68. Ball, Nelson. GORDES/SPRING/OWLS/STAR. Toronto: February 1994. poetry; 8 pp (7 x 11) saddle stitched self-wrappers; laserprint, body-stamp; 50 copies. .75
69. Cain, Stephen. New Age Blues. Toronto: March 1994. (1cent 301). concrete poem broadside (10 x 14); laserprint, body-stamp; 75 copies. 1.00
70. lopes, damian. ‘picking you.’ Cunchelim: June 1994. (1cent 304). poem broadside (7 x 5); rubber-stamp, body-stamp; 85 numbered copies. .01
71. lopes, damian. INDIA. Mysore: June 1994. (1cent 305). poem broadside (11 x 7); rubber-stamp, body-stamp; 85 copies. .01
72. lopes, damian. ‘bony dog.’ Bombay: July 1994. (1cent 306). poem broadside (7 x 5); rubber-stamp, body-stamp; 85 copies. yet another inthe immaculate typo series. .01
73. Wershler-Henry, Darren. Wernicke’s Aphasia. Toronto: January 1995. poetry; 8 pp (11 x 7) saddle stitched self-wrappers; laserprint, body-stamp; 26 copies. .75
74. Wershler-Henry, Darren. Errata. Toronto: March 1995. (fingermail 16). visual poem postcard (9 x 21); laserprint, rubber-stamp, body-stamp; 50 copies. .50
75. Bennett, John M. ‘Speeding.’ Toronto: March 1995. poetry; 8 pp (14 x 6) saddle stitched card covers; laserprint, body-stamp; 25 copies. .75
76. Bradley, Daniel f. ‘pa.’ Toronto: May 1995. visual poetry; 8 pp (7 x 11) saddle stitched self-wrappers; laserprint, colour photocopy, body-stamp; 50 copies. 1.00
77. Bradley, Daniel f. ‘ks.’ Toronto: May 1995. (fingermail 17). visual poem postcard (12 x 15); laserprint, rubber-stamp, body-stamp; 50 copies. .50
78. Farrant, MAC. Three. Toronto: May 1995. (1cent 310). prose; 12 pp (10 x 14) saddle stitched card covers; laserprint; cover graphic by David Botta; originally intended to be published by David UU as Berkeley Horse 55; 100 copies. .01
79. Holdstock, PJ. MOUTHS OF THE AMAZON. Toronto: July 1995. poetry; 8 pp (10 x 14) saddle stitched self-wrappers; laserprint, body-stamp; 50 copies. 1.00
80. Panhuyzen, Brian. Shipped Flat. Toronto: February 1996. sound text; leaflet folded 4 times & tipped into sealed card cover (10 x 8); laserprint, rubber-stamp, body-stamp; 33 numbered copies. 2.50
81. lopes, damian. introspection. Toronto: February 1996. visual poetry; 20 pp (11 x 14) sewn paper over card covers; laserprint, body-stamp; 49 copies. 2.50
82. Ball, Nelson. Small Gardens. Toronto: June 1996. poetry; 16 pp (7 x 21) saddle stitched self-wrappers; laserprint, body-stamp; 50 copies. 2.50
83. ‘index finger.’ Toronto: June 1996. catalogue index; 24 pp (11 x 14) saddle stitched self-wrappers; laserprint, bodystamp; introduction by damian lopes; 26 copies. 2.50
84. Ball, Nelson. July 22, 1996. Toronto: July 1996. poetry; 8 pp (14 x 11) sewn mylar covers; laserprint, bodystamp; 34 signed & numbered copies. 2.50
85a. lopes, damian. anxiety of influence: a review of Darren Wershler-Henry’s Nicholodeon: a book of lowerglyphs. trade edition. Toronto: fingerprinting inkoperated, January 1997. visual poetry broadside (11 x 14); laserprint, bodystamp; quotes bpNichol’s “Allegories” (Love: a book of remembrance) & Wershler-Henry’s “Amo(i)re” (Nicholodeon); 123 copies (of 150). nfs
b. —. —. signed edition. as above; 27 lettered & signed (of 150). nfs
86. Wilcox, Alana. Analogue. Toronto: February 1997. poetry; 14 pp (10 x 8) sewn mylar covers; laserprint, bodystamp; cover photo by Jennie Akse; Wilcox’s first chapbook; 50 signed & numbered copies. 2.50
87. Wilcox, Alana. Nine Photographs: A Love Story. Toronto: Februrary 1997. poetry, photographs; 60 pp (11 x 14) japanese-bound card covers; laserprint, colour inkjet, bodystamp; Wilcox’s first book; 50 signed & numbered copies. 10.00
88. Wilcox, Alana. Analogue. 2nd edition. Toronto: March 1997. poetry; 14 pp (10 x 8) sewn mylar covers; laserprint, bodystamp; cover photo by Jennie Akse; 50 copies. 2.50
89. Bök, Christian. Crystallography: A Report on Lucid Writing. Toronto: March 1997. essay; 36 pp (7 x 11) sewn paper covers over mylar interior with 2X magnifier laid in pocket inside back cover; laserprint, colour inkjet, bodystamp; 70 numbered & signed copies. 5.00
90. Farrant, MAC. Diana Ross in Wax. Toronto: April 1997. prose; 16 pp (7 x 22) sewn card covers with silver thread band sealed with wax; laserprint, bodystamp in sealing wax; 65 copies. 3.75
91. Cain, Stephen. à no(u)n. Toronto: April 1997. poetry; 48 pp (11 x 14) japanese-bound card covers with paper dustjacket; laserprint, bodystamp; 76 numbered & initialled copies. 6.25
92. Wilcox, Alana. Nine Photographs: A Love Story. proof reprint. Toronto: March 1998. poetry, photographs; 60 pp (11 x 14) japanese-bound card covers; laserprint, colour inkjet, bodystamp; exact reprint of item 87 for submission to bpNichol Chapbook Award; 6 proof copies. nfs
93. Bök, Christian. Crystallography: A Report on Lucid Writing. proof reprint. Toronto: March 1998. essay; 36 pp (7 x 11) sewn paper covers over mylar interior with 2X magnifier laid in pocket inside back cover; laserprint, colour inkjet, bodystamp; exact reprint of item 89 for submission to bpNichol Chapbook Award; 6 proof copies. nfs
94. Jaeger, Peter. untitled. Toronto: April 1998. visual poetry; 16 pp (10 x 8) sewn paper covers; laserprint, bodystamp; 101 numbered & signed copies. 2.50
95. Wershler-Henry, Darren. from the dangerous prevalence of imagination: a tapeworm. Toronto: April 1998. prose broadside (28 x 8); laserprint; 100 copies. 1.25
96. Ball, Nelson. CURT. Toronto: April 1998. poetry broadside (7 x 8); laserprint, bodystamp; 200 copies. 1.25
97. Bradley, Daniel f. blind masters. Toronto: April 1998. poetry broadside (14 x 8); laserprint, bodystamp; 100 copies. 1.25
98a. Ball, Nelson. To Share That Yellow. trade edition. Toronto: April 1998. poetry; 40 pp (11 x 14) japanese-bound card covers with paper dustjacket; laserprint, bodystamp; 100 numbered & signed copies (of 105). 6.25
b. —. —. lettered edition. as above but with different stock for dustjacket; 5 lettered & signed copies (of 105). nfs
99. curry, jw. ich: 4 Translations of Vladimir Burda. Toronto: April 1998. visual poetry; 24 pp (14 x 14) sewn card covers; laserprint, bodystamp; frontis piece by Vladimir Burda & afterword by andrew russ; 99 numbered & signed copies. 6.25
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    • yup, it really did end. often think of returning, but never find the time. good to hear from you though.

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