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a clipblog collecting blogged thoughts on visual poetry

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Could "Calligraglyph" Be Just a Joke?

via Bob Grumman's po-X-cetera:

I thought the first of these one of the best of Geof's fidgetglyphs when I got it on a postcard he sent me. In fact, I told him it deserved to be called a "calligraglyph," rather than disparaged as a "fidgetglyph," as I think I said here (except that I called it then a "Calligraphiglyph," I don't know why, except that I just wasn't thinking). Geof described it on his card as an expression of his poetics, by which he jokingly meant, I believe, that his poetics had nothing to do with words--so not with what I consider poetry.

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Monday, April 28, 2008

A Fun Rant

via Bill Knott's billknot:

I wonder what other poeticules of diversionality PSA Prez Alice Quinn has queued up for future honors—

what other freakish oddities of the past does she plan to revive,

what other obsolete stunt-acts resurrect—

maybe she can find that "Found Poetry" guy, what was his name?—

or what about "Exquisite Cadaver", or Clerihews;

if it's Concrete today, why not Palindromic tomorrow . . .

there are after all many entertaining playtime pastime recondite forms of vacuous verse to waste away the rainy afternoons with idle fun and frivolous games . . .

she did the VizPo gimmick this year, so why not next year pick a similar trivial arcane amusement like refrigerator haiku, or limericks?

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Friday, April 18, 2008

Poetry, Vispoetry, and Minimalism Awarded

via Ron Silliman's Silliman's blog:

One of the things I like about it is the way it makes clear that visual poetry & “poetry” are not entirely separate genres.

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Saturday, October 27, 2007

Eye v. Ear

via seaworthy southeast thesaurus:

“At some point (in my writing life) I realized that precision can be a kind of poetry, and the more precise you try to be, or I try to be, the more simply and correctly responsive to what the world looks like—then the better my chances of creating a deeper and more beautiful language.”

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Huth Interviewed, in Turkish

via poetikhars:

Huth: Yazınsal bir gelenekten geliyorum, bu önemli benim için, çünkü şimdi etkileşimde bulunduğum yazın dünyası görsel ve dil şiirinden oluşuyor. Görsel şiir yapanların pekçoğu, gerçekte harf biçimlerini görsel bir mesele olarak ele alıyorlar, oysa ben öncelikle bir yazarım.

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Monday, July 02, 2007

86, Not Quite 87

via Tom Orange's heuriskein ευρισκειν:

Mary Ellen Solt was born in Gilmore City, Iowa, and spent much her life in the Midwest. Her poetry and essays were heavily influenced, however, by her international travels. Moreover, Mary Ellen Solt's Concrete Poetry: a World View established her as a powerful influence on the genre of concrete poetry around the world.

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Thursday, June 28, 2007

A Doubling of Eyes

via 9th St. Laboratories:

Pronunciation: 'toe-pell
Function: verb
Inflected Form(s): to·pel·inzki /-p(&-)el[ki]/
Etymology: from the mind of God, from the womb of Topel, Sharon, 1977
intransitive verb : to form poetry or as if from language robed in Swahili
transitive verb
1 : to cause a deep rumble trapped in whispers
2 : to make compositions made of letters, music or thoughts (as paper, cloth, or wood)
glued on a surface of linguistic texture


Kenny Goldsmith Interviewed

via Archinect:

The idea behind concrete poetry (and it's a very interesting idea) is that it emerges around the time of tendencies toward world languages--Esperanto say. And there is a utopian idea of concrete poetry, that says, imagine a poetry that transcends language, that is a visual poetry that can be understood with maybe a key of just one or two words, that can be understood by anybody anywhere around the world. Hence creating a truly global poetry movement and that is the kind of utopian--mid-century utopian idea behind concrete poetry. And it did in fact, people were able to write very simply and very visually using very few words.

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Sunday, May 27, 2007


via Jenny Sampirisi's Other Clutter:

Nico Vassilakis lives in Seattle, home of the Space Needle. Your logic or
logic itself unsettles. Straightened lines devour folding unfolding. The
pulled stone shows no elastic. No fever in the cells. An extended surface of
accidental and haphazard cursive.


E-Poetry 2007

via networked_performance:

The first event is epoetry. Everybody (or almost) that counts in digital and new media poetry was there, from all over the world : the pioneers, the big names, the about-to-become-big-names, the new emerging generation. Too many names to list !


Much of the work performed over the three live evening events remained rooted within the performance poetry tradition. Flash animations illustrating word play rarely manages to add anything significant to the oeuvre and certainly such works do not propose any significant shift in how a digital poetics practice might evolve. Many works presented thus failed to transcend being illustrated poems. To my mind there seems a similarity here to the dead hand that Powerpoint passes over academic presentations, with Flash functioning to banalise what might be potentially interesting textual projects and performances.

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The Fruit is Actually the Durian

from Scott Rettberg via Grand Text Auto:

First of all, let me point in brief to networked_performance for Simon Biggs’ very good report on the E-poetry 2007 Festival in Paris.... Rather than a more formal report, I offer you this cellphone video extravaganza — short clips of 30 seconds to a minute of many readings from the festival. Forgive the quality — it was my phone used in dark crowded rooms filled with poets drinking in the poetry, after all.

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