if you have an interest in visual poetry but don’t know where to begin, these links might serve as a decent intro.
wikipedia's list of concrete and visual poets, including Canadians. someone needs to add to this...
VISUAL POETRY: A Brief History of Ancestral Roots and Modern Traditions by Karl Kempton
an article about visual poetry in Canada by Jack David of ECW Press. a good intro to the early days.
the Sackner archive of visual and concrete poetry, including the documentary "Concrete" which is on the bottom left of the screen.
a definition of visual poetry and some guides to a few visual poets
Judith Copithorne is one of the most well known Canadian visual poets
specifically check out his gallery and in critical, his essay "An afterwords after words: notes towards a concrete poetic"
you'll also notice on the front page, he publishes chapbooks via his press No Press. not all of them are visual poetry chapbooks.
his on line magazine about visual poetry is also linked from there. it is "dedicated to the dissemination and distribution of visual and concrete poetry."
the difference between concrete and visual poetry is still somewhat lost on me.
Gary Barwin's blog; he posts some of his visual poems here.
there's a themed issue of Open Letter on vispo from 1999 called "Cantextualities: Contemporary Visual Poetry in Canada"
but it's not on line. don't know if it's still in print.
the Bleed features visual poetry and sometimes the contributors offer statements about their work. i have had work in there.
this is a group blog that i'm in with Satu Kaikonen and others. her work is brilliant.
Satu has many blogs, but this one is a good sample of her work.
this is a group blog i'm in, again with Satu. it's for what is referred to as asemic writing which is visual poetry where the text is evoked rather than directly there...although again there seems to be a very blurred line here.
another asemic blog
the first asemic exhibit in Russia
Mary Ellen Solt's amazing flowers in concrete. i discovered it thru the first issue of Speechless, where Helen Hajnoczky has an essay about Solt's work and the lack of women visual poets being published in the 70s.
a visual poetry magazine featuring Canadian daniel f. bradley and others.
Peter Ciccariello plays a lot with text using a 3D model. he's in an issue of experiment-o.
the Concrete Poetry of Niikuni Seiichi just blows my mind. (and you'll see it is referred to as "between poetry and art" which may be a good inspiration for the exhibit.
the plastic poetry of Hibuno Fumiko. more work that blows my mind.
Tauba Auerbach's Semaphore Alphabet. another mind blower. and is it visual poetry or visual art? hmmmm.
Mara Patricia Hernandez's work. she's amazing. another mind blower.
this is visual poetryDan Waber is an American who does all kinds of stuff; he publishes small chapbooks of visual poetry under this imprint.
a visual poetry magazine that claims to tear down every wall that gets in its way...
a well known concrete and visual poet who died in 2007
another group vispo blog
Andrew Topel publishes his own amazing visual poetry and the work of others.
Alexander Jorgensen's visual poetry comes highly recommended.
Robin Biegler's site of works that are beautiful and moving. (my on line chapbook published by avantacular press "a field guide to fanciful bugs" is mentioned!)
Jenny Hill suggested the following links and says:
Wordpainting.com's visual poetry poster series
"There are currently 25 posters in the series, all from visual poets of different countries."
Vispoets.com is a good resource for visual poets or those interested in the work as well. Dan started that a couple of years ago and it's really grown. I love to see all the work posted in the galleries. Ted Warnell has some beautiful pieces. There's a forum where you can find information on calls for submissions, vispo in the news, pub announcements, classics, general discussion, etc.
the blog of visual poet, Geof Huth.
Modern Visual Poetry by Willard Bohn, University of Delaware Press, 2000
The Aesthetics of Visual Poetry, 1914-1928 by Willard Bohn, University of Chicago Press, 1993
i highly recommend visiting Rm 302 Books if you're in Ottawa to consult with jwcurry on his collection of visual poetry and other avant garde works. or write to him to get a catalogue of offerings:
ROOM 302 BOOKS
#302 – 880 Somerset Street West
Ottawa Canada K1R 6R7
(613) 233 0477
if you have any other great resources, books and links to suggest, please let me know. i have much to learn and love the journey.