Friday, May 15, 2020

Leviticus 5 in Poem Atlas' Escapisms Exhibit (May 15 - June 5, 2020)

Thanks to Poem Atlas for including Leviticus 5 in this stunning exhibit. I am delighted to share the virtual page with fellow visual poets. 

Where does escapism fit in? When I work on these pieces, I perform several repeated actions in Photoshop. I get lost in both the meticulous nature of the process and the creative possibilities. The pieces I'm submitting show how colour and layering turn the text into something material and depart from the original, yet somehow maintain some of its flavour. I have grapheme synaesthesia so that words, letters and numbers evoke colour for me. It is a satisfying feeling for me to be able to match the colours in my head with the tone I perceive from the source text based on the words and the style of the text. I become mesmerized in a way. I often keep going until I feel a kind of shiver, as if I've done something magical, but I don't feel at all as if I'm in control of the result. I love this feeling.

The Vispo Bible: Leviticus 5 (2017): source text from, King James Version. Text translated into visual poetry using Photoshop. I translated the ritual, sin, and blood in this chapter. Something tree like, hard, bare, weathered and bloody resulted.

Thursday, May 07, 2020

Genesis 33 in Mellom Press Online Exhibit, Translations: May 11 to June 7, 2020

Thanks to Silje Ree who will be including Genesis 33 from the Vispo Bible in the upcoming online exhibit, starting  next week.

Friday, May 01, 2020

Where can you find work from the Vispo Bible (as of May 15, 2020)

i'm going to use this blog entry to provide links to the Vispo Bible's publications for all who have asked or who might want to know:


THE VISPO BIBLE is a life's work to translate every chapter, every book, every verse of the Bible into visual poetry. I began the project in 2015, and as of May 1, 2020, i have completed 300 pages: Old Testament: Genesis, Exodus, Levitucus, Numbers, Ruth, Esther, Deuteronomy,
New Testament Acts 1-8 so far/ currently in progress,Matthew,Mark,Romans, John I, II, III, Jude, Revelation.

In 2018, I received funding from the Ontario Arts Council based on a recommendation from Coach House Books for the Vispo Bible.

1. The Vispo Bible: One Woman Recreates the Bible as Visual Poetrypresented as part of Kanada Koncrete Material Poetries in the Digital Age, University of Ottawa, May 4-6, 2018

This is my general overview of the project.

2. The powerpoint presentation of the work included in the talk. I've done more pieces since, but this is the bulk of the work.

3. YouTube Videos


Acts 2 - layer by layer

Chapbooks and Broadsides

Print Magazines


Escapisms, Poem Atlas (May 15 to June 5, 2020)

Translations, Mellom Press (May 11 to June 9, 2020)


University of Ottawa, English Department presentation by Claire Farley, 2016


Saturday, February 15, 2020

The Vispo Bible: Acts from the New Testament

I have begun to work on the Acts of the Apostles from the New Testament. For Acts, I will be saving each individual layer separately.

Excerpts from the Vispo Bible have been exhibited in Ottawa, Toronto and Windsor,  Ontario. Publications include

Romans, where is the river, 2018, Toronto, Ontario
Revelation, Timglaset Editions, 2018, Sweden
Ruth, Simulacrum Press, 2018, Hamilton, Ontario
Mark, above/ground press, 2018, Ottawa, Ontario
Esther, Puddles of Sky Press, 2017, Kingston, Ontario
Revelation 20, No Press, 2017, Calgary, Alberta
Leviticus XII, Penteract Press, 2017 UK

Additional individual pieces have appeared in h&; our teeth, illiterature, Brave New Word (Ukraine), Dreamland Magazine, untethered,,  Chaudiere Books NPM 2018, and To Call No 1  from Plaugolt Satzwechhsler in Germany,  not your best visual poetry from knife fork book. (2019) and Train Concrete Journal and blog (2019/2020). 

Thank you to the Ontario Arts Council 2018 Recommender Grant for Writers program for funding part of the creation of the Vispo Bible 

Sunday, January 26, 2020

The Vispo Bible: Matthew 8, 9 and 10 in Train : journal of concrete poetry

thanks to DW Adams for including three chapters from the Vispo Bible in Train. Another piece was also included on the blog and DW was kind enough to interview me about my visual poetry and other things here.

Friday, January 17, 2020

a hand made visual poem featured in Guest 8: Femmecraft

G U E S T 8 , the latest in the above/ground press chapbooks edited by guests is now out.
For this issue, the editors are the wonderful Kate Siklosi and Dani Spinosa, who sent out a call for femmecraft, hand made work. I loved this idea. I am pleased that my stoneware NO bowl is in the chapbook. You can pick up a copy through above/ground press, and you should...because there is intriguing work therein. My contribution is a handbuilt stoneware bowl in the form of a coil and the word “NO,” which I also made from stoneware. I was thinking about craft, which is often dismissed as "women’s work," as if that is somehow pejorative, and often not considered to be art. I was thinking about resistance to this idea and resistance to women’s empowerment and creativity. I thought the call represented a celebration of feminist resistance to patriarchal dismissal and suppression of the force and creativity of imagination.
This is one of four imperfect pieces I submitted for consideration. They are cracked and chipped and made wrong. When I first started to take pottery workshops in the 90s, my instructor told me my work was charmingly uneven. I replied that this was much like my character. I think handmade work can resist this insistence on perfection and therefore show evidence of tender humanity. As T.J. Burnett said, “Perfection is a second-rate idea.”

and here are the other pieces from the series:

Saturday, November 16, 2019

The Vispo Bible: Deuteronomy - completed

The Vispo Bible: Deuteronomy 34

I began Deuteronomy in May and have finally finished it (November 16, 2019). So far, only two of the chapters have been published Deuteronomy 2 by Page Fifty One and 34 here. 

I have completed 291 pages since I began the Vispo Bible in 2015, 7 chapters from the Old Testament and 8 from the New. All being well, I will start on Acts from the New Testament in the beginning of 2020. 

Thank you to all those who have published excerpts from the Vispo Bible, purchased chapbooks and broadsides and expressed interest and support in the project.

If you'd like more information, please feel free to contact me at amanda at amandaearl dot com.