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.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Page Fifty One publishes Deuteronomy 2

Thanks to Geoffrey Nilson of pagefiftyone in New Westminster, BC for publishing this piece from the Vispo Bible in an edition of 50 copies. I have some copies if you'd like one. They are 5 x 5 inches and this is fittingly micro-broadside # 5.

I began Deuteronomy in May and am at the 12th of 34 chapters of Deuteronomy.
Since June, 2015, I have completed a total of 269 pages from Old and New Testaments.
The Vispo Bible is a life's work to translate every book, every chapter, every verse of the Bible into visual poetry.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Not Your Best #1 Visual Poetry now available for pre-order from Knife Fork Book

thanks to the editor Eric Schmaltz for including pieces from the Vispo Bible and Knife Fork Book for publishing NYB 1. the anthology is now available for pre-order. click on the link to purchase.

Sunday, August 11, 2019

bill dimichele

I was sad to learn that the visual poet, artist, poet, publisher bill dimichele had died on Sunday, August 4, 2019 at the age of 67. i knew bill as both a poet and a publisher. my small press, AngelHousePress published his work on and in Experiment-O Issue 5. he also participated in the DevilHouse 6 interview, a series that explored the nature of transgression in creative work.

somehow, i don't remember when it happened or how, bill contacted me to participate in Tip of the Knife, his wonderful blog/site where published various writers and artists. he was always so welcoming and enthusiastic. i will never forget how much he welcomed me and encouraged me to play and be whimsical. For #15, i somehow misunderstood and thought he was doing a special issue on child art. i wasn't sure if i should contribute but the call inspired a series called Vizpo Kidz. He loved it.  In his introduction to the work, he wrote "I’ve seen a lot of Amanda’s work, and I’ve been happy to publish some; I always imagine the Angel creating her art out of laughter, lightheartedness and beautiful, whimsical energy.  Images made from inventive letter/picture coactions bring both amusement and sage excitement.  One of the most interesting aspects of these things is the titles, all twists on the pics - and who could not love titles like ‘Cinderella Snowflake’ and ‘Scuttling Sam Bones’?  Not everyone can make a crisp graphic work like Amanda can.  And no one else can put a head on it.

She may live in our newly constructed Age of Quasi Reason, but she’s not a slave to it the way some visual poets are, like those who construct little scientific systems devoid of soul and spirit.  Amanda may live in Candyland, but she knows how to tame the gum drops."

I was enchanted.  He published my attempts at autobiography as song titles in Issue 17. my earlier attempts at working with the alphabet in Issue 5 in 2011.

For Issue 11 from 2012, i was playing around with words, shapes. He wrote this about my work:

She has some cool space age themes going on with these pieces- simple so that our space voyager can take off with letters made of polished metal and plutonium retro rockets, excited to land, to spread new visual languages to the uninitiated aliens.  Amanda can do this, so I crown her Queen of the Universe.  These transformed glyphs are full of meaning to make the odyssey worthwhile.  Each page reveals a testament to exploration, fire and bravery.  Then there’s the piece about a crater where the ship has crashed, digging into the black extraterrestrial ground, exploding red astronaut blood which hovers above the surface in low gravity.  The red/black contrast itself is powerful enough to shatter the planet.  At first I thought 001 seed was outside the theme, but then I started thinking that some other  worldly race planted us and tended us.  Don’t look at me like that, it’s possible. 

I was so pleased to be part of Tip of the Knife, which introduced me or reacquainted me with fellow travellers of whimsy and gave me the opportunity to be read by the great bill dimichele, a kindred.

i end this post with a quote from his own contribution to Tip of the Knife 32, the final issue. 

This was when Billy first came unstuck in time.
His attention began to swing wildly through
the full arc of his life passing into death which
was violet light.

Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

rest in whimsy, fellow explorer. enjoy the violet light.

my condolences to his family, friends and all he's published and by published by. i will miss him. 

post-script, all being well a few best of issues of Tip of the Knife will be published and edited by Crag Hill.