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

this is visual poetry by Joel Chace

11 June 2012 - Filed under Chace, Joel + male + USA


Joel Chace has published work in print and electronic magazines such as 6ix, The Tip of the Knife, Counterexample Poetics, OR, Country Music, Infinity’s Kitchen, and Jacket. He has published more than a dozen print and electronic collections, most recently Sharpsburg, from Cy Gist Press, and Blake’s Tree, from Blue & Yellow Dog Press. Individual pages of this visual poetry sequence have appeared in the following publications: On Barcelona, quarter after, and Word For/Word. The cover image, entitled itsstory 3, originally appeared in Lettere Grosse.

Joel says: “itsstory is a developing sequence of texto-visual poetry that I began a decade or more ago and that has taken on various lives since then. Until this year, all of the versions have been textual only, though all of them have been quite experimental in terms of formatting. It finally occurred to me that the very subject matter of the sequence demanded an even more radical visual presentation. Perhaps radical musicality is just as apt an expression, given my decision to use musical staff paper as background. Once I settled on that, I cut and pasted the primary black text for each page. Then I created a literal grab bag of variations on that primary text by cutting up altered texts printed in several varieties of type sizes and fonts, throwing those fragments into a plastic bag, and then using a flatbed scanner upon which I placed random handfuls of the bag’s fragments arranged in juxtaposition to the primary text on each page. Finally I played with Photoshop in order to sharpen up and 3-dimensionialize the images. I have increasingly come to believe that the most meaningful statements of aesthetics are, in fact, descriptions of processes.”

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


this is visual poetry by Alexander Jorgensen

26 March 2012 - Filed under Germany + Jorgensen, Alexander + male


Alexander Jorgensen is a writer, visual artist, teacher, and adventurer. He has lived and worked in such disparate places as Germany, the Czech Republic, the Galapagos, China, Kazakhstan, and Oman. His visual poetry and writings have appeared in Van Gogh’s Ear, Drunken Boat, Shampoo, Listenlight, Noon: Journal of the Short Poem, Moria, Big Bridge, Sous Rature, and The Return of Kral Majales: Prague’s International Literary Renaissance 1990-2010. His visual poems have been exhibited in Toronto, Atlanta, Moscow, Prague, and at the 2011 Text Festival in Manchester, UK. He was nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2008.

Alexander says of his work: “It is hybrid, combining aspects of analogue and digital design. Each poem manifests its own appearance. My work is influenced by extensive travel as well as my underlying values. What’s most important to me as I construct a visual poem is that it shows intention, that I am saying, ‘Here we are.’”

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


this is visual poetry by Roman Pyrih

7 March 2012 - Filed under male + Pyrih, Roman + Ukraine


Роман Пиріг (Юрай) народився в 1977 році у Львові й сприймає це як покликання. Пробуджений бентежним невідомим, багато років тому він розпочав свою зречену подорож у пошуках магічного еліксиру поезії. Наука не відає, чи була ця виправа успішною, але невичерпним джерелом натхнення стало для Юрая відкриття у 2008 році загадкового світу паліндромної лірики. Тривалий час працював у В’єтнамі. Живе у Нью-Делі, Індія.

Публікувався у книзі «Антологія українського самвидаву. 2000-2004» («Буква і Цифра», 2005). Є автором збірки паліндромної поезії «ШЕ» («AjnaG», 2011).

Книга візуальних паліндромів Юрая присвячується славному цеху українських поетів паліндромного ремесла.

Roman says: “Yurai is Ukrainian poet-palindromist, diplomat and humble student of ancient knowledge.

“His experiments with palindromes were inspired and heavily based on Ukrainian palindrome tradition dating back to the texts of mystic Kyiv poet of the XVII century Ivan Velychkovskyi , who is also considered grand contributor to the development of Ukrainian visual poetry. In XX century Ukrainian palindrome was greatly invigorated and brought to a new level by outstanding efforts of renowned masters – Ivan Iov, Ivan Luchuk, Nazar Gonchar and others.
“What distinguishes Yurai’s creations is that he gradually departed from palindrome as a text and visualized it as a graphic artwork. This was a natural drift, manifested at first as side effect of illustrating palindrome poems, and gradually evolved into self-sufficient art. This mirroring fusion of symbol, meaning and their graphic interpretation is aimed to complete restless sensory quest of perception and perfection, and is to point to the reality outside, beyond and trance all the imperfectness, which can not be fully expressed by any means of common art, except those of religious nature.”

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


this is visual poetry by Michael Zarichnyi

22 February 2012 - Filed under male + Ukraine + Uncategorized + Zarichnyi, Michael


Michael Zarichnyi (1958) is a professor of mathematics at the Lviv University (Ukraine). His interests include not only geometry and topology of infinite-dimensional manifolds but also poetry, music and visual/concrete poetry. He is the author of one book of poetry, about 60 songs, and about 50 visual works. Personal exhibition of the visual/concrete poetry (Lviv University Gallery, 2011). The works are often minimalistic, inspired by beauty of mathematical constructions.

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


this is visual poetry by Sveta Litvak

17 November 2011 - Filed under female + Litvak, Sveta + Russia


Sveta Litvak has studied at Ivanovo art school. Lives in Moscow. Had some personal exhibitions at ZVEREV center of modern art. Poet well-known in literary underground, member of Moscow club “POEZIA”, the author of several books. Some poems are translated by American, English, Serbian and Romanian poets. The organizer and artist of Club of literary performance, issues a samizdat magazine of literature and art. Works in mail art, book art, visual poetry, video. The participant of Art-Festivals in Russia, Ukraine, Estonia, Serbia, Romania.

Sveta says: “Exercises for attentive or superficial view and for inner speech also. Most of them want to be ritual. Sometimes they look like schemes and sometimes like a dance.”

“Перед вами – чистая практика без теории. Гимнастика изобразительных форм и лингвистических поз. Упражнения для внимательного и поверхностного взгляда, а также внутренней речи. Они по преимуществу ритуальны. Иногда это схема, иногда – танец.”

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


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