meanwhile, in Chicago

August 11, 2022

If you will be in Chicago between now and Thursday, September 8, 2022, be sure to visit the Poetry Foundation to see Monica Ong: Planetaria, an exhibition of astronomy-inspired visual poetry. If you can’t make it to Chicago, you can peruse more of Ong’s precise and beautiful work here.

Stepping out from the anonymity of The Poetry Department, I am enormously pleased to invite you to an exhibition of my found poems at Peter Miller Books in Seattle.

The announcement (which I did not write!) reads:
“It is an honor to present our show for May: Orchestrated Light by J.I. Kleinberg. A collection of visual poems that span subjects from memory to light, some are haunting, all are lyrical, all are brilliant. They represent a remarkable, intuitive artistic sense, and are ever a clear signal of the powers of Judy Kleinberg.”

Rescheduled from its original launch date of May 2020, the show will run through May, with two events planned:

Opening celebration on Wednesday, May 4, 2022, 5:00-7:00pm
First Thursday Seattle Art Walk on Thursday, May 5, 5:00-7:30pm

I’ll be there for both and would be thrilled and honored if you would join me. Please come. Bring friends. Spread the word.

Peter Miller Books, which stocks a breathtaking selection of titles on architecture and design as well as an array of exquisitely designed housewares and implements, is located in Pioneer Square, on Post Alley between S. Main and S. Jackson Street, and is open Monday through Saturday, 10am to 5pm. PLEASE NOTE: Peter Miller Books is just a couple of blocks from the new Open Books location, so definitely allow time for both!

(There’s nothing about the gallery or events on the website, so please leave a Comment here or contact the store if you have questions.) Hope to see you there!

…your gifts many

December 18, 2021

With gratitude and best wishes.
May your heart be full © j.i. kleinberg 2021

a visual (poetry) feast

June 21, 2021

hand holding magnifying lens over colorful strips of paper with handwritten poetry text

Here’s something colorful to start your summer: Poetry Quilt by Diane Samuels.

To make Poetry Quilt, which is 90″ x 87″ x 1/2″, artist Samuels tore 50 of her own drawings into 3-1/2″ by 5/8″ strips, collaged them, and then hand-transcribed in micro-script the text of 198 of her favorite poems. To create this and other works, the artist uses her own handwriting and other people’s words. Here’s the full text of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, and here is a hand-transcription of Ovid’s Metamorphoses.

Much more, including public-art pieces, on Diane Samuels’s website, and here’s an interview with Diane Samuels in Tupelo Quarterly.

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Photo: Thomas Little

vispo for NatPoMo

April 9, 2021

If you are interested in visual poetry, AngelHousePress is posting a new vispo piece each day of National Poetry Month at Amanda Earl, the “fallen angel” of AngelHousePress, writes:

The work in this year’s collection is kinetic, vibrant, and geometric. Through videos, collages, asemic writing, pictorals, self-portraits, poem-objects, assemblages, erasure, photographs, scans, using paper, ink, old book paper, recycled materials, artist pens, bio-resin, hand-made stamps, graphite, fabric, paint, nailpolish, rocks and shreds of failed poems, our contributors demonstrate the playful and enriching possibilities of visual poetry and poetry itself.

The international collection, arriving one per day during April, will remain on view throughout the year.

light reading

January 9, 2021

For a change of pace, have a look at Comic Book Resources, where Theo Kogod recommends “5 DC Comics To Read If You Love Poetry (& 5 Indie Comics Just As Good).”

More poetry comics here.

comics, seriously

October 4, 2020

Neil Cohn thinks seriously about comics. With a Ph.D. in Psychology from Tufts University and post-doc work at U.C. San Diego, he is currently an Associate Professor at Tilburg University, in the Netherlands. His work explores the “similarities between the underlying structure of language and the structure found in the ‘visual language’ used in comics.”

Not surprisingly, those similarities extend to visual poetry.

If you’re interested in visual language, have a look at Cohn’s Visual Language Lab and his latest book, Who Understands Comics?: Questioning the Universality of Visual Language Comprehension (Bloomsbury 2020).

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image by Neil Cohn

good old-fashioned vispo

September 29, 2020

If you tend to think of visual poetry as a fairly recent phenomenon (if you think of it at all, that is), have a look at this collection of Early Visual Poetry on UbuWeb.

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image: Juan Caramuel de Lobkowitz, “Primus calamus ob oculos ponens metametricam” Rome 1663

Trinidad Escobar is a storyteller, poet, visual artist, and full-time cartoonist from Milpitas, California. She combines her comics/illustrations with poetry, memoir, essays, fiction, and more. See lots of examples on her website and unlock more on Patreon.

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image: Self-Portrait

Reasons to go to… New York

September 26, 2019

Really, who needs a reason? But if you should find that your travel plans include New York this autumn, be sure to visit The Center for Book Arts, which is presenting three new exhibitions that showcase the book as a medium that translates across time and space: Walt Whitman’s Words: Inspiring Artists Today curated by Deirdre Lawrence, The Traveling Artist: Journals by Lydia Rubio, and Witnessing Through Artist’s Books: Clarissa Sligh. These exhibits will be open to the public October 4 through December 14, 2019. (Note: The Center for Book Arts website is under construction, so here is a detailed description on Eventbrite, and here is a Facebook link.)

Walt Whitman’s Words includes work by the remarkable artist Meg Hitchcock. If you do go to New York, you can also see Hitchcock’s visual poetics at C24 Gallery (September 26 – November 29), Doug Adams Gallery at Graduate Theological Union (September 5 – December 13), and Green Door Gallery in Brooklyn (October 11 – November 10, 2019).

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