answering the question [What is visual poetry?] one full-color chapbook at a time

this is visual poetry by Sarah Ahmad

8 June 2010 - Filed under Ahmad, Sarah + female + Pakistan


My name is Sarah Ahmad and I was born in India and live in Pakistan. I see myself as a struggling poet and artist as in my world where life is so fragile, not knowing if you will return alive every time you step out of the house, getting someone to acknowledge your art is a real struggle.

Sarah says: “My work here is me struggling to make even a little bit of sense out of what is going on in the world around me, for the sake of preserving my sanity. This book consists of work that incorporates photography and scanned objects with minimal text.”

16 full-color pages. $10 (+ s/h)


this is visual poetry by Jonathan Brannen

6 June 2010 - Filed under Brannen, Jonathan + male + USA


Jonathan Brannen is the author of twelve volumes of poetry and four books of visual literature. His most recent collections are Mona Lisa (Avantacular Press, 2010), a sequence of visual poems he created combining computer constructed images and photocopying between 1975 and 1982, and Deaccessioned Landscapes, a collection of technically innovative sonnets (Chax Press, Tucson, 2005). His poetry and fiction have been anthologized in five countries on three continents and translated into two languages. He grew up in Florida and currently resides in St. Paul, Minnesota.

16 full-color pages. $10 (+ s/h)


this is visual poetry by Rosaire Appel

1 June 2010 - Filed under Appel, Rosaire + female + USA


     As an artist I’m looking into and at things that exist along the boundary line between writing and drawing, reading and looking.
     In the series included here, I’ve put aside all words that could determine a poem in order to consider the visual possibilities of the poetic form without them. Diagrams emerge, architecture, energy fields, flow charts, blueprints, and compositions of assorted marks relating to each other in confined spaces…
     I have published several books concerning different aspects of this subject. Shadow Poems is a collection of tracings of the shapes of actual poems by various authors. As it were explores the story form much as these explore the form of a poem. Wordless (poems) blurs the line between written and drawn. (all available through Amazon.)
     I live and work in New York.

Rosaire says: “these visual poems use no words but rely on drawing, marks on paper and subtle color to express their forms.”

16 full-color pages. $10 (+ s/h)

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this is visual poetry by Carla Bertola

25 May 2010 - Filed under Bertola, Carla + female + Italy


Born in 1935 in Torino, Italy where she lives. Since the early 60′s she contributes to poetry magazines and poetry events. Produces Vispo since the 80′s, edited on international magazines and some books in France, USA, Ireland, Italy. In the same period begins her performances of sound poetry. She had solo and collective exhibitions in many Countries: Visual Poetry, Installations, Artists Books.

Her research in visual poetry has created different “Interferences in writing” in b/w and colour like those reproduced in this book.

In 1978 she founded Offerta Speciale an International Magazine for Visual and Research Poetry.

Carla says: “This book is another step showing my research called “Franges of interferences on writing” that started more then 10 years ago. At the beginning it was the writings in different shapes, interferring each other. That is, I cut and assembled over and over and finally made photocopies (and cut and assembled again). Any of my work is definitive.

“Lately I started working with photoshop on the same idea: that is starting from one old b/w work, I came to color, then I keep on changing and changing until I come to a stop. Of course a temporary end.

“I’m born and live in Torino, Italy, in November 1935. I’m a writer, visual and sound poet-performer. Some of my chapbooks have been edited in Ireland, France, Canada, U.S. and my vispos appear on many international magazines. I’m myself editor of an international magazine called “Offerta Speciale”.

16 full-color pages. $10 (+ s/h)


this is visual poetry by Joe Balaz

18 May 2010 - Filed under Balaz, Joe + male + USA


Joe Balaz is a visual poet and artist. He is the editor of 13 Miles from Cleveland, an online magazine of literature and art. Balaz incorporates various forms of media into his visual works. He is always cognizant of form and content and he places an emphasis on diversity and strong underlined concepts within his pieces. Work in this chapbook has previously appeared in The City Poetry, Wheelhouse Magazine, LITnIMAGE, Neon Literary Magazine, and Otoliths. The cover visual is entitled “Philology.”

16 full-color pages. $10 (+ s/h)


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