The Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University has opened a new exhibit, Beyond Words: Experimental Poetry and the Avant-Garde, which will remain on view through December 15, 2019. Focused on the experimental poetry of post-war Europe and its importance as political and social expression, the exhibit incorporates text, image, and sound. To learn more, have a look at the 40-page Beyond Words catalog, available online as a PDF.

We’ve posted before about the Sackner Archive, Ruth and Marvin Sackner’s astonishing collection of some 75,000 pieces of visual and concrete poetry. Housed at the Sackner’s residence in Miami for many years, the entire collection has now found a new home at the University of Iowa Libraries Special Collections. The archive will be open by appointment to students, scholars, and the general public starting January 2020.

Read the announcement here, browse the archive online here, or start planning your 2020 trip to Iowa City, A UNESCO City of Literature.

Reasons to go to…

May 9, 2017

If you are interested in concrete and visual poetry, you may want to plan a trip to Miami this winter. November 17, 2017 through April 15, 2018, The Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) will present From the truer world of the other: Typewriter Art from the PAMM Collection. In 2016, PAMM acquired over 400 language-based works from the 70,000+ piece collection of the Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry. The upcoming exhibition explores the experimental visual and poetic typewriter creations of approximately 15 artists, including Carl Andre, Henri Chopin, Dom Sylvester Houédard, d.a. levy, and Françoise Mairey.

See this 2014 Poetry Department post for additional informative links about the Sackner collection.

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image: Dom Sylvester Houédard. from the truer world of the other (dsh 720113), 1972. Typewriting on paper, 13 x 8 inches. Collection Pérez Art Museum Miami, acquired from The Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry, with support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

If your travel plans between March 28 and July 30, 2017, include Southern California, you may want to visit the Getty Center to see Concrete Poetry: Words and Sounds in Graphic Space. The exhibit focuses on the visual, verbal, and sonic experiments of the 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s, displaying material drawn principally from the Getty Research Institute’s collection.

Admission to the Getty Center and the exhibit, in Research Institute Gallery I, is free and no tickets are required. (Parking is $15.)

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image: Open (Abre), Augusto de Campos (b. 1931) and Julio Plaza (1938–2003), 1969.

George Herbert's "Easter Wings" (1633)

If you are a scholar of concrete poetry, here’s a call to action:
Never Abolish Chance: The Concrete Poetry Conference at SBU

St. Bonaventure University is pleased to announce a new quadrennial conference on Concrete Poetry. The inaugural event will take place Friday, March 31 – Saturday, April 1, 2017, on the university campus in scenic Western New York. The conference invites proposals on any topic related to concrete or visual poetry understood broadly. We especially encourage proposals that address the international or hemispheric traditions, as well as those that offer alternative roadmaps outside the received genealogies. Participants will be welcomed at all levels of faculty and graduate research.

Deadline for submissions: January 10, 2017
Complete details here.
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George Herbert’s “Easter Wings” (1633), printed sideways on facing pages so that the lines would call to mind angels flying with outstretched wings

	"Houedard, Dom Sylvester (British). Untitled (17/06/64). " Catalog Number: 40120

Ruth and Marvin Sackner have been collecting visual and concrete poetry for 40 years and have amassed close to a quarter of a million pieces. Now, but only through August 3, 2014, some 300 pieces from their collection are on exhibit at the new Pérez Art Museum Miami in A Human Document: Selections from the Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry.

Learn more about the Sackner Archive and browse the catalog. Read an interview with the Sackners in the Miami Rail and a very interesting article in The Atlantic. See A Brief Guide to Concrete Poetry at Poets.org. Highly recommended: the 2006 film Concrete!, which can be streamed, free, at Ubuweb. The film not only introduces the Sackners and their collection, but also gives tremendous insight into the passions and process of collecting itself.
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image: Dom Sylvester Houédard, untitled, 1964, Catalog Number: 40120, from The Sackner Archive of Visual and Concrete Poetry

a (short) poetry walk

April 28, 2014

A Lake A LaneIn our ongoing interest in all-things-poetry-walk, here’s another addition to the collection: bpNichol Lane. Named for prolific, award-winning and, alas, short-lived writer, Barrie P. Nichol (bpNichol), this poetry walk can be found in an otherwise unremarkable lane behind the building of printer/publisher Coach House Books in Toronto. Nichol was best known for his concrete poetry (no pun intended), but wrote in — and between — many genres. bpNichol Lane contains a single example of his poetry impressed in the pavement.
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Photo by Stefan Powell

poetry walk…

November 21, 2012

Ian Hamilton Finlay - The Present OrderKnown for his concrete poetry, printed works, his vast and astonishing garden near Edinburgh, Little Sparta (including The Present Order, shown left), and his chronic agoraphobia, Ian Hamilton Finlay (1925-2006) is being honored posthumously with an exhibit at Tate Britain through mid-February 2013. If you don’t make it to the Tate, perhaps you’ll be able to visit Little Sparta in another season.

Thanks to Harriet the blog for the alert.

visual poetry…

September 17, 2012

Meg Hitchcock - Psalm 54We’ve written before about visual poetry and we’ve previously mentioned the Austrian artist and visual poet, Anatol Knotek. Now you can enjoy the best of both. Knotek’s visual poetry tumblr is a collection of carefully curated images by artists from around the world. The site is updated daily and each of the (to date) 126 pages offers a dozen or more thought-provoking examples of “visual & concrete poetry, experimental typography, installation & conceptual art.”
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image: Meg Hitchcock, Psalm 54

scripted portraits…

March 17, 2012

Picasso portrait by Anatol KnotekIn case you missed it, yesterday’s Huffington Post featured a Culture column by Amber Genuske on Austrian artist and visual poet, Anatol Knotek. The artist, who also creates concrete poetry, as well as text paintings, collages and animations, uses text to script portraits and other images. Visit Knotek’s website to see his many poetic applications of text.
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Picasso portrait

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