Wednesday, October 12, 2016

The Vispo Bible: Book of Revelation

the Book of Revelation in the New Testament has 22 chapters. I worked on Revelation from March to May, 2016. The Book is full of colour, texture, beasts, chaos, disaster and symmetry through numbers, particularly even numbers. These visual poetry pieces, which contain all the text from each chapter are attempts to render the above elements.

Note that the numbers in Revelation also have to do with the Golden Sequence of Phi, according to some mathematicians. This sequence appears in nature in nautilus  shells, sunflowers, peacocks tails and other phenomena of nature. These visual poems attempt to articulate similar shapes, using layering of even numbers of the text to recreate them. The image below is Revelation, Chapter 3.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Visual Poetry Exhibitions

My visual poetry has been exhibited three times so far. In Russia and Windsor, Ontario, as part of the Last Vispo Anthology and now in Brazil as part of Mirages: the XXIV Congresso Brasileiro de Poesia (XXIV Brazilian Congress of Poetry). The work was part of the collection of 152 visual poems from 44 countries on display from 13 untill 30 September 30, 2016, in the Fundação Casa das Artes (House of Arts Fundation) in Bento Gonçalves city,  Brazil.

I find it very exciting when  my work travels & rubs shoulders with the visual poetry of others. I was very pleased to be invited to participate. Thank you to the organizer, Tchello d’Barros.

Take a look at the pieces in the exhibit, which are on display over on FB. they're amazing!

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

10th anniversary of vispo

i'm not good at remembering hallmarks, anniversaries, etc, but looking thru my files, it seems i've been creating visual poetry for a decade. i love the whimsy of it, the close attention it requires, the way it makes my eye & mind & body learn a new language. it's taken me down some interesting paths, caused me to be introduced to a world of creative people i would never have met otherwise, both living & dead. i don't intend to stop playing around with vispo. watch this blog.

in the meantime, here's one of the first visual poetry series i ever had published. it was published in 2007 at & created in 2006. Entitled "Red."

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

The Vispo Bible: Exodus Completed

Exodus 40

I began Exodus, the second book of the Old Testament in January. It contains 40 chapters. I completed it today, August 31. As I was reading through Exodus, it began to occur to me that the content of the work could be reflected more in what I was creating. I started to think of the 10 Commandments, their creation from stone, their being smashed into pieces, distortion of text. The visual poetry evolved accordingly.

Now on to Leviticus, after a hiatus...

For those who haven't been following along, you can read more about this project, which i began in June, 2015 & plan to keep working on until I am no longer capable of doing so or until my demise, whichever comes first.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Vispo Bible - update on progress Exodus 14

I am on Exodus 14, the 2nd book of the Old Testament; i hope to finish all 40 chapters of Exodus by the end of the summer. I began Exodus in January, 2016. I completed The Book of Revelation from the New Testament (March - May, 2016). Genesis (June-October, 2015). 

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

The Vispo Bible: Genesis, now a little movie

The Vispo Bible: Genesis, now a little movie of all 50 chapters translated into visual poetry:

Thursday, June 23, 2016

h& publishes one of my collages

a collage made in conjunction with firstwalks of the year (In/Words Press, 2016) now on line at h&. thanks Ian Whistle

Vintage Drunken Boat Selection

Drunken Boat is kindly highlighting two of my visual poetry pieces, published as part of a concrete and visual poetry feature curated by Sina Queyras in 2010. This comes as a lovely surprise.

Read what the DB 90 editors have to say here.
& do go back & take a look at the visual poetry in the issue & the video poems also.

This work is a precursor to my current project, the Vispo Bible.