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 February 3, 2021)

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. Glue, String and Binder Rings, an essay I wrote on how various publishers are responding to the challenge of publishing the Vispo Bible in print. Published in the Babel Tower Notice Board. {link is no longer active, i will provide a new link when it appears}

4. YouTube Videos


Acts 2 - layer by layer

5 Chapbooks and Broadsides

6. Anthologies

Judith: Women Making Visual Poetry (Timglaset Editions, 2021)
WAAVe Global Gallery 2020 (Hysterical Books, 2021)

7. Print Magazines


The Pi Review (August, 2020)

Streetcake Magazine Issue 68, Part 1 (August, 2020)

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