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

this is visual poetry by Steven D Stark

23 September 2013 - Filed under male + Stark, Steven D + USA

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Steven D Stark, the author of four books, writes fiction and poetry and does visual art. His work has recently been published in Frigg, The Doctor TJ Eckelburg Review, 3 am, Litn’Image, Mudlark, McSweeney’s, The Cafe Review, HOOT, Otoliths, OccuPoetry, Eclectica, Mobius, fleeting, and, among others, Clapboard House, where he won the short story prize.

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


 


this is visual poetry by Daniel Lehan

17 June 2013 - Filed under Canada + Lehan, Daniel + male

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Daniel Lehan – former paperboy, choirboy, shop assistant, ice cream seller, chip shop manager, petrol pump attendant, pub caterer, post office worker, theatre usher, cleaner, adult education tutor, leaflet distributor, front of house manager, t-shirt designer, screen printer, children’s book author and illustrator, gardener, teacher. Daniel divides his time between London and Québec. In recent years he has begun to perform his poetry – often incorporating objects, hand painted words and images as part of his performances. Cahier de Catéchèse, a collection of his drawings was published in 2013 by Dark Windows Press.

Daniel says: “CARDBOARD POEMS derive from my daily conversations. A particular sentence or phrase – mine, or someone else’s – ‘catches my ear’ is recorded in a notebook, and re-worked until re-imagined as a single phrase or micro tale, then hand painted with black ink onto a flattened cardboard box.

I intend the use of cardboard to have the immediacy of the transitory signs encountered in cities; the hand made signs made by people living on the streets, the slogans of political protest. The poem’s use of everyday language furthers their accessibility, although their content evokes the humorous, the mysterious, or the melancholic.

I have situated, and left, a number of these works in site-specific locations in the city of Ottawa, and in London. Each text, anonymous, abandoned in a public space, to be chance encountered by an unknown audience.

For Nuit Blanche an all night of performances, events and exhibitions held in the city of Ottawa starting at sunset on September 22nd, and ending at sunrise on September 23rd 2012, I produced NighTales. NighTales involved asking people to tell me a personal story about the night time – a recollection, an adventure, a dream. I then used these as source material to write short fictions, written on cardboard. I wrote stories until 4am, and, as I made my way home, left the each cardboard around the city.

Here in – this is visual poetry – is a collection of photographs documenting a selection of the CARDBOARD POEMS in various locations.”

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


 


this is visual poetry by Volodymyr Bilyk

10 May 2013 - Filed under Bilyk, Volodymyr + male + Ukraine

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Volodymyr Bilyk was born in the Ukraine and has a degree in journalism. He is considered to be one of the few representatives of the so-called Ukrainian Extreme Literature. Besides being a writer, he is also a visual artist, sound producer, video artist, and a collector of films. He is a co-editor of the Extreme Writing Community. His work has been published in The New Post-Literate, A-Minor Magazine, Rem Magazine, The Otolith, Altered Scale, Cormac McCarthy’s Dead Typewriter, Another Hemisphere and Expoesia Visual Experimental.

Volodymyr says: “The backstory of the series is in the aborted project of releasing Raymond Chandler novels. Pieces – which are font collages started as the illustrations. It was to be the blink into the characters mind. Then the project was shut down – but I was too much in this thing – almost obsessed. I was fulfilled by it and I had a need to exhaust it to the bottom.

The central idea is the collision of the dada-sensibility (mostly inspired by the collages of Kurt Schwitters, Hannah Hoch and Raoul Hausmann), the hard-boiled images (Raymond Chandler, Dashiel Hammett, James Cain, Jim Thompson) and the film noir atmosphere (Night of the Hunter, The Big Heat, Touch of Evil, Maltese Falcon). The link between them is Jean-Michel Basquat and his highly expressive, straight-to-the-point chaotic style. His compositional method is the most adequate for the purpose of recreating kaleidoscopical frenzy.

The reader (because the images are built with fonts which contains letter which got the forms of certain images or placed to look as the certain images) is like the private eye remembering his last job. Remembering that he looked for the thing long enough to be haunted by it, to become obsessed by it. All he can remember are this blinks and from the blinks he builds the backstory and the stories between the blinks.”

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


 


this is visual poetry by Mathias Jansson

12 April 2013 - Filed under Jansson, Mathias + male + Sweden

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Mathias Jansson (b.1972) is a Swedish art critic and poet. He writes horror poems, visual poetry and meta-fiction. He is interested in new media and creates his visual poetry with help of Web 2.0 tools and new visual images as barcodes, QR-codes etc. Mathias has been published in different magazines and anthologies.

Cover Title: Desktop poem #2

Mathias says: The Baroque period was a highlight for visual poetry or “carmina figurate” as it was called. Poets and printers made exquisite and clever pieces by combining words to images. The poems were created for occasions as weddings, funerals and birthdays. If these baroque poets had lived today and had access to Internet what kind of poems would they then create?

Mathias Jansson is interested in using new media and Webb 2.0 tools to create visual poems. In his “this is visual poetry”-chapbook Mathias has experimented with new images from bar codes, QR-code and tag clouds to create poems. In this age of information overflow, it is easy that an image only became a surface. But by combining text and image into new unexpected ways new layers can be added to the visual context of the image. With help of new technology the image can also create references and interfaces to other places and deeper information, for examples QR-code or bar codes. The image is no longer 2-dimensionell and linear. Instead it can be a hyperimage going deeper and deeper into the information web.

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


 


this is visual poetry by JOSEPH AARON

15 February 2013 - Filed under AARON, JOSEPH + male + USA

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CALLIGRAPHY : DEFINED AS BEAUTIFUL WRITING : IN MY PRACTICE, I WANT MY HAND TO FLOW FLUID AND FREE : ENTER – LIQUID WRITING : INK DROPPED INTO A VASE FULL OF WATER : THE CALLIGRAPHER BECOMES THE PHOTOGRAPHER : THE INK TELLS A STORY AS IT SLOWLY SINKS : THIS LIQUID WRITING COLLECTION CAPTURES MOMENTS IN THOSE STORIES

Cover Title: THE CURVE OF THE EARTH

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


 


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