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'Reasons for singing': On John Taggart

The vision seeks the man — Zora Neale Hurston

I first encountered John Taggart’s work while living in Boulder, Colorado, circa 1990.[1] A now long-vanished indie bookstore, the Aion, which had a remarkably rich poetry collection (oh, for the era of real booksellers!), actually called me to say they had a few books I might like.

Addressing one's peers

The letters of Charles Tomlinson and George Oppen, 1963–1981

Brook Cottage, the Tomlinson home in Gloucestershire (photograph by Richard Swigg).

Editorial note: George Oppen’s poetry first caught the eye of Charles Tomlinson when he singled out The Materials from a number of books that had been sent to him for review. It was a momentous discovery, leading to a prompt exchange of letters and their first meeting, followed by a steadily deepening friendship that lasted until Oppen’s death in 1984.

Beginnings, 1963 Charles Tomlinson
Texts and travels, 1964–65 Charles Tomlinson
Relocation, 1966–67 Charles Tomlinson
Catching up, 1968–70 Charles Tomlinson
Retrospection, 1972–81 Charles Tomlinson

Antología poesía visual

Five Chilean visual poets

Visual poetry is an odd egg: it never seems to extinguish. It continues at the periphery, way back in the corner of our literary eye. Possibly surprising is that many poets around the world have a thriving fascination with text as visual material. Perhaps vispoets stare at words longer than most, but their work is enmeshed in the design elements found in the alphabet and in symbols generally.

Anamaría Briede Anamaría Briede
Gregorio Fontén Gregorio Fontén
Kurt Folch Kurt Folch
Martín Bakero Martín Bakero
Martín Gubbins Martín Gubbins

Trevor Joyce: Reading in Ireland

Trevor Joyce. Photo by Jason Lee.
Trevor Joyce. Photo by Jason Lee.

Trevor Joyce is an Irish poet whose innovation and creativity constitutes a sustained challenge to the conventions of poetry and reading in Ireland and abroad. Writing and publishing in Ireland since 1967, Joyce has seventeen collections of poetry and is cofounder and coeditor of New Writers’ Press.