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a clipblog collecting blogged thoughts on visual poetry

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Jukka-Pekka Kervinen Tells All

via e-x-c-h-a-n-g-e-v-a-l-u-e-s

Although I approach any poetry first aurally and then visually, they are equally important for me. Any poem has visual aspects and tendencies. My textual works were already quite visual, intentionally, many poems were actually based on visual ideas.

Visual Poetry for the Emailing

via ahadadabooks

We have a whole range of cover art and visual poetry Ahadada E-Cards available.

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Concrete Memorial

via Dumbfoundry by eeksypeeksy

Perhaps fitting for a writer known for "concrete" poetry, he was honoured about 10 years ago, not just with the lane named after him, but with his own words carved into the asphalt: "A LAKE / A LANE / A LINE / A LONE."

Beautiful Writings

via Richard Gauthier's Blogmoi

The calligrams of Apollinaire represent an important and original landmark in the history of visual and shaped poetry. These calligraphic poems may be considered as one of the precursors of modern concrete poetry.

Driving Home the Point

via Matt Butcher's Butcher Shop

With e. e. cumings, is well known that he does not even capitalize his own name. Punctuation and spacing is ever-present to his poetry. It is no small wonder when reading a poem by cummings that the reader must take into account how the poem is set up on the page.

The Flight

via Martha Schwer's Martha's Blog

Concrete poetry's been preoccupying me lately. In my formal education, I fell in love with the metaphysicals before I fell in love with Dickinson, but in retrospect, the elements of concrete poetry attracted me in both.

Serpentine City of Words

via O Mundo do Claudia

Its title is "Luminosa Espiritualidad" and contains a series of something we could call visual poems. Poems are written as if they were part of these labyrinthic naïf drawings. A beautiful form of expression.

Reviewing Modern Visual Poetry

via ahadadabooks

The Campos brothers, Emmet Williams, Dick Higgens, and a host of well-known writers are discussed, but it is the lesser-knowns and the samplings of work from rare publications that fascinate me most. Names like Vicenc Sole de Sojo, and the Catalan vispoet J.V. Foix and his dazzling work are totally new to me.

Ants on a String Style

via ahadadabooks

Words follow the contours of the drawn, painted,or engraved line in this style of visual poetry and may be seen as inhabiting the same line in a positive "upside" or negative "downside" manner.

Monday, May 02, 2005

Sequences of Cobbing

via Robert Sheppard's pages

From the point of view of Cobbing’s development it is fascinating to see that he had a superb eye for selecting and imaginatively processing any Upton theme into a distinct set of ‘original’ Cobbing variations: icons and computer graphics are crumpled into innovation; images are abstracted; handwriting becomes ideogram; a banal smiley face suggests a new set of surreal portraits; a negative review of Verbi Visi Voco is magnified into a visual poem.

A Visual Poetry Show I Didn't Know About

via Leah's daily pessimism

And they had a display of "visual poetry" that was very cool. Some of it looked like the collages I see people do with photoshop and other digital programs. It's got to be a completely different experience doing it hands on. Which inspired me. A lot.

The Critic is Criticized (I Think)

via Jack's Blog Critic

However it reminds me that syndication may possibly be robbing the world of some amount of beauty. As Nietzsche said "“It is neither the best nor the worst things in a book that defy translation.” and translation into xml is indeed translation.

A Young Poet First Try at Visual Poetry

via Galit's Internal Whispers

This is my first "visual poetry" piece. I hope to create more like this, as well as using different media.

The Question of Visual Poetry Remains Unresolved and Engaging

via Sherry Chandler's Sherry Chandler

It isn’t green and flowering but it is organic and as fleeting as May blossoms, having been long since washed out by the tide. I like its combination of poetry and installation art and somehow it seems comforting to me this gloomy spring.


via Bob Grumman's po-X-cetera

I found the piece above and three others that, like it, contain textual elements in the latest issue of ARTnews. It was not called a visual poem in the article discussing it. But it is presented as a painting, and contains near-words. Should we call it a visual poem, to return to my obsession with that damned term?

More Cummingsesque Intra-Syllabic Flow-Breaks

via Bob Grumman's po-X-cetera

About it, I said, "Geof Ruth's "viviD" begins (after its peculiarly lettered title has alerted us to expect oddities) with a wind that is down--a mere breeze; or a window on "the breasej" or a breeze that is to be 'wound down' . . . The details are uncertain, but a movement of air, ease, and a window--real or figurative--are prominent among them.