An Anthology of Concrete Poetry

“Concrete Poetry isn't really one variety yet a cluster of chances, all falling within the Intermedium among semantic poetry, calligraphic and typographic poetry, and sound poetry.

It first crystalized out of those prior modes within the early Fifties within the works of such humans as Eugen Gomringer (CH), Carlo Belloli (IT), Dieter Rot (IS), Öyvind Fahlström (SW), the Noigandres crew (Haroldo and Augusto de Campos, Décio Pignatari and others, BR), Carlfriedrich Claus (GDR), Gerhard Rühm, Friedrich Achleitner and H.C. Artmann (AT), Daniel Spoerri and Claus Bremer (DE), and Emmett Williams (US, then dwelling in DE). in recent times a moment iteration of significant figures have additional to the move, together with such humans as Hansjörg Mayer (DE), Ladislav Novák and Jiří Kolář (CZ), Edwin Morgan and Ian Hamilton Finlay (SC), Bob Cobbing (EN), bp Nichol (CA), Mary Ellen Solt and Jonathan Williams (US), Pierre and Ilse Garnier (FR), Seiichi Niikuni and Kitasono Katue (JP) and plenty of others.

The actual fact of the looks of parallel paintings kind of independently in such a lot of international locations and languages shows one of many specified elements of the flow, specifically its resource being within the improvement of a brand new mentality within which values turn into fused and inter-relationships confirmed on a extra complicated undeniable than was once the case within the purer, past modes of poetry.”

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We weren’t as fearful of mass destruction then— unknown debris in space, or atoms contained and hurled against each other in a cyclotron. There were duckand-cover methods, shelters for meltdown, mountains to store waste as it decays, half-lives spent and the notorious two-headed monsters created. For entertainment the neighborhood kids hit one another with water balloons. Some blond boys 24 pair up and pelt an auburn girl— A radio crackles feverishly. Carpenter bees whine in the porch wood. She’ll grow a thick skin.

Space is shrink-wrapped in itself, closing. In the center, your confident Y—structure, not question. 30 lives of astrologers What flickers isn’t heavenly light, but the discredited pen moving across numbers with the stealth of a murderer. Whoever you are, I’m not here to answer your call. I’ve been sidetracked by meteor showers, knocked cold by the flu. I’ve taken to burying raccoons electrocuted along the gated high-security community. Stay away from what hums. Stay away from shiny temptations laid on the table by a dirty hand.

Oh, unrecognized genius, the modest beauty wasting from illness, the good-kid-turned-bad. Failing grade, summer heat. Oh, row of desks I loathed sitting at. In school, we hatched chickens from an incubator, eggs in rotation, the chicks deformed. One with thin chest skin and no ribs—the organs sludged and its cheep-cheep cries. The animals my mother made me return—the rabbit, the toad, the slug. Oh, child tossing a ball alone! The dandelions are systematically doused with chemicals—the chemicals you’ll sniff as a teenager, the brain the unrepining side-kick.

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