Sunday, May 19, 2019

Concrete is Porous: Act 3 - Windsor, Ontario

the third exhibit for Concrete is Porous will take place at the Common Ground Gallery in Windsor, Ontario from May 28 to June 9, 2019.

I have two pieces in this show from the Vispo Bible: Genesis 2 and 34. If you are in Windsor, or area, I hope you'll check out the show, with readings taking place by the curators and Gustave Morin.

thank you once again to the organizers for including my work.

Friday, May 17, 2019

Starting Deuteronomy - the Vispo Bible

here's an intermediary step on the road to Deuteronomy. Deuteronomy is in the Old Testament and has 34 books. Let's see how long it takes me to complete it. I've decided to have a palette of metalic gold text on a black background for this book. Not sure why. Something to do with Moses, I guess. Golden idols.

Friday, May 10, 2019

Matthew is complete and other updates for the Vispo Bible

Matthew 7
I began the Book of Matthew, 1st book in the New Testament in September, 2018 and completed it in May, 2019. There are 28 chapters.

For the first time, I had some stops and restarts and did several pieces over.

I finally got the right tone when I inverted the text and background to give the ghostliness that I always feel when I think about the life of Jesus, his resurrection etc.

As a child, i always felt like he was a ghost, a benevolent and sad ghost.

So far Matthew 5, 6 and 7 have been published in the Peter F. Yacht Club's VERSeFest 2019 issue.

I have submitted the Book of Matthew to a publisher to consider for publication as a book. I'll let you know what happens. I may stick with this inversion for a bit and do more.

Concrete is Porous Acts I and II, which exhibited in Toronto and Ottawa and featured two of my pieces from Revelation, is not over. Act III will take place in Windsor, Ontario for a month or so, starting at the end of May at the Common Ground Gallery. I have two pieces from Genesis in that show.

Thanks to those of you who've shown an interest in the project, published excerpts from it and bought chapbooks.

I began the Vispo Bible almost 4 years ago, starting in June, 2015. I have completed 6 books in the Old Testament and 8 in the New. Only 53 more books to go!

Monday, April 01, 2019

Concrete is Porous

Concrete is Porous, a visual and concrete poetry show curated by Hart Broudy and bill bissett is now on tour. For the Toronto show, which ended in March, and the VERSeFest Ottawa show, which also just ended, my pieces Revelation 19 and 20 were included.

The show will now travel to Windsor, Calgary and possibly Sweden. To save money on shipping and insurance, I have been asked to offer smaller pieces. I will give two 10 x 10 inch, simpler pieces that aren't as dense because the density needs a high resolution. I will let you know which pieces end up in the touring show.

I am grateful to the curators who kindly included my visual poetry in the show and to Daniel Bradley who has been a key participant in making the show happen and helping out.

You can find out more about the show and see some of the pieces on tumblr.

photo credit: Renee Saklikar

The Vispo Bible: Numbers 3 and 26 now online

at talking about strawberries all the time. thanks to talking for including these pieces.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Romans now online from where is the river of Toronto

Thanks to Kiefer Logan of where is the river for publishing Romans as an online pdf chapbook.
i'm in fine company with chapbooks by rob mclennan and Michael Sikkema.
Take a read here:

Revelation now available from Timglaset Editions of Sweden

Thank you to Joakim Norling of Timglaset Editions for publishing the latest addition to the Vispo Bible, Revelation, from the New Testament.

He has put great care and thought into the publication of this work, from the cover colour, which is the colour of the word "Revelation" to me (grapheme synaesthesia).

Here's a description from the Timglaset site:

Revelation is the seventh book to come out of Amanda Earl‘s (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada) lifelong project, The Vispo Bible, translating the Bible to visual poetry. This book contains 22 visual pieces, each representing one chapter of The Book of Revelation, New TestamentThe Vispo Bible is part of Amanda‘s general poetic practice of chance operations from the Dadaists and Jackson MacLow’s Light poems, cutting up, reshuffling, remixing existing sources – words, phrases, lyrics, titles, objects, geographical and psychological landscapes – to unlock fixed propaganda and repurpose it.
Amanda has grapheme synaesthesia where numbers, people’s first names, names of the month and week, and pain have colours. The cover of Revelation is bright orange and inside there is an explosion of colour, corresponding to the colours Amanda has assigned to words and phrases in the the text of The Book of Revelation. This book is in A4 format (297 x 210 mm), 28 pages and is printed in full colour on heavy high quality paper. The cover is in orange cardboard and hand-labelled with title an author name. The inlay is saddle stitched and the cover is rubber band bound. 60 copies were made. CAD 18, EUR 12, SEK 130. Postage costs will be added.

I consider this to be a huge milestone in my life as a poet and an artist. I can't thank Joakim/Timglaset Editions enough for this great work. To all the amazing and generous small press publishers who have been publishing the Vispo Bible, I am thrilled and grateful for the work you do and the work you have done with my Vispo Bible. This project is very important to me. 
You can purchase a copy here.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

The Vispo Bible - the books of John 1, 2 and 3 now available from the Blasted Tree

Thanks to Kyle of the Blasted Tree for making this beautiful chapbook. You can order it here.

Publications from the Vispo Bible include
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

with Revelation forthcoming from Timglaset Press, Sweden, and Romans from where is the river, Toronto, Ontario.

Additional individual pieces have appeared in h&; our teeth, illiterature, Brave New Word (Ukraine), Dreamland Magazine, untethered,,  Chaudiere Books NPM 2018, and ToCall Magazine in Germany, and are forthing coming in not your best visual poetry from knife fork book.

Revelation 19 and 20 will be exhibited as part of the Concrete is Pourous show in Toronto between November 3, 2018 and February 26, 2019 at the Secret Handshake Gallery, and will move to the Common Ground Gallery in Windsor afterward.

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

Amanda Earl’s visual poetry has been exhibited in Canada, Brazil and Russia, and published in the last vispo: anthology: visual poetry 1998-2008 (Fantagraphics, 2012), Of the Body, (Puddles of Sky Press, 2012), Bone Sapling, a collaboration with Gary Barwin, (AngelHousePress, 2014), a field guide to fanciful bugs, (avantacular press, 2010),  Montparnasse: this is visual poetry, (chapbook publisher, 2010) and in the magazines, untethered (2017) and dreamland (2016). Amanda's visual poetry also appears in online journals, Brave New Word, Angry Old Man, Ustanga, h&, Our Teeth otoliths, tip of the knife, ffooom, the new post literate,, DrunkenBoat, and the Bleed. Gary Barwin gave a lovely write up of Amanda's visual poetry on Jacket2, "What kind of [sic] sense is that?: Amanda Earl & the synaesthesia of reading" (June, 2013). For more vispo, please visit