visual poetry

On Etel Adnan's 'The Arab Apocalypse'

From page 7 of ‘The Arab Apocalypse,’ which Etel Adnan began writing in January
From page 7 of ‘The Arab Apocalypse,’ which Etel Adnan began writing in January 1975 in Beirut, two months before the outbreak of the Lebanese Civil War.

L’Apocalypse arabe is a book-length poem composed in French by the Arab American poet Etel Adnan. It was published in 1980; Adnan’s English translation first appeared in 1989. Of the several rubrics under which The Arab Apocalypse may be read — hybrid text, visual poetry, surrealism, translation, postcolonialism — it is its nature as a work of witness that most commands my attention. 

 

“Doesn’t the act of looking at an object become also one of its definitions?”[1]

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Finnish vispo: Kokoomateos

Why Finland? Why visual poetry? Why Kokoomateos?

Mari Laaksonen

My interest in visual poetry (or video poetry) began when I started doing performances. I’ve been quite interested in the possibility of writing between picture and text. It is a process of learning how to read this relationship: how text changes the picture and vice versa. I work by taking textual metaphor and breaking it down to its concrete DNA level. — Mari Laaksonen


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