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a clipblog collecting blogged thoughts on visual poetry

Thursday, December 23, 2004

The Craft of Writing and Visual Poetry

via Brandon Barr's texturl

I had my students use typewriters because they were handier than sending them to a letterpress. But the corporeality of text becomes even more apparent when you are literally forging letters.

Brazilian Visual Poetry Show

via marcusrp's Things as They Are

An infinitely diverse multimedia collection, Imediata presents the user with what can feasibly be considered a new (media) vision of concrete poetics.

Lettrisme and Punk

via Stu Fowkes' news from sunnydale (Find 25 Feb 2004)

the most immediately striking feature of lettrisme as a form of visual poetry is its extensive use of calligraphic techniques and the invention not only of fluid letter forms, but of new and ever changing letters themselves.

The Life and Death of Bern Porter

via Sheila Holtz' Bern Porter International

Bernard Harden Porter, long-time Belfast resident, artist, writer, publisher, and scientist, died Monday June 7, 2004 at Tall Pines Nursing Facility. He was 93.

Reviewing E.n.t.r.a.n.c.e.d

via chris murray's tex files

Reading Maria Damon & mIEKAL aND, E.n.t.r.a.n.c.e.d (Xexoxial, 2004). What a lovely work this book is.

Wednesday, December 22, 2004

The Difference between Visual and Textual Poetry

via Ron Silliman's Silliman's Blog

When I compared Brian Kim Stefans’ Please Think Again (Poem for Airports) with Carla Harryman’s Open Box on 13 December, I set off a flurry of responses on the ubuweb listserv, some of them defensive, one or two of them uncharitable, and at least one openly ageist.

Saturday, December 18, 2004

Silliman Tackles Digital and Visual Poetry

via Ron Silliman's Silliman's Blog

This may be an echo of why (& how) Charles Olson can create palimpsests of words and it’s writing, often great writing, but the far more elegant graphic texts of Karl Kempton (say, as represented in his contribution to Writing to be Seen, Bob Grumman & Crag Hill’s anthology of vizpo) come across as flat & ultimately boring, aspiring to be snowflakes but turning out doilies.

Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Visual Poetry and Its Admirers

via Bob Grumman's po-X-cetera

A good argument could be made, I think, for the value of making a poem or any other complex cultural work that no one appreciates but you. I would much rather make such a poem than make one everyone loves but me, in fact.