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Saturday, June 03, 2006

A Vain Attempt: Concrete Poetry vs Visual Poetry

via Bob Grumman's po-X-cetera:

Speaking of "concrete poetry," I recently saw two definitions of it at Dan Waber's website. They made me want to put my own two cents in about what it is. I differ from the two definers at Dan's site, and most definers of terms like "concrete poetry," in that I try to define them intelligently rather than historically--that is, by how the terms have been used by the general population, or even by the specialists in the field the term popped up in. I also (sacrilege!) ignore what coiners of terms say they mean if they ignore the meaning of the words they create their terms from.

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