Eduardo Kac, "Erratum I", biopoem, 23 X 19" ( 58.4 X 48.2 cm), 2006. Commissioned by Biennale Internationale des Poètes en Val-de-Marne (BIPVAL) [Poetry Biennial, France]. Photo: Jacques Donguy.

In the Erratum series of biopoems, pairs of words are seen in a field in which layers of colors embed and dissolve the verbal forms. The pairs always produce semantic tension. Alive as the biotopes are, lexical form and color are unstable and always in a transformative state-- i.e., meaning evolves with the words, quite possibly culminating in their effacement. The biotope is literally alive and has its own interests; it is its metabolism and its reaction to the environment that guide the evolution of the poem.

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