As a writer of odd things that settle into landscapes, frame subjects, or move around the page, I’ve had some common hiccups in the poem-ing process. The big one is Unwanted Combinations In writing a poem that takes apart its words to display relevant patterns and shapes, the occasional bonus word shows up, being... Continue Reading →
To me, letters can be a mix of abstract or physical, active or static. Some defy gravity while others mimic a state referred to by a word. This basically constitutes an iconographic usage of a phonetic language, which creates still frames of forms through letter and word shapes, and more so through the patterns, similarities,... Continue Reading →
Letters in English are only signifiers, which in no consistent way relate to their naturally occurring object, that which is referred to in the speech environment. Basically, a language doesn't say anything without its referents being tangible or experienced things. If an alien reads a Shakespeare poem about a leaf falling but has no idea... Continue Reading →
Is change a constant if it is always changing? In writing we are using abstraction to communicate. We read tree and think of a tree but our thought isn’t linked directly to the referent, to the exact tree the author is so concerned with (and, we’ll assume, has dealt with directly). We think up... Continue Reading →
I like the evolving nature of letters and graphic language. What started as picture became a group of signifier shapes which becomes, well whatever's next. I read somewhere while gathering references for an undergraduate paper that the modern day M came from an Egyptian owl hieroglyph that carried the m sound. The shape also carried over... Continue Reading →
The first in a series that amounts to a short visual essay about visual poetry with emphasis on concrete poetry.