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War in Europe
I would rather die, than stay silent. When faced with uncertainty, the best action is to use:
and fight against it
White supremacists, fascists, and anyone against human rights are on the wrong side of history. Trans Rights are human rights. Defend LGBTQ+ being systematically attacked in states and countries throughout the globe through art. Be brave and defiant in your art. Art is action. If you would rather not make art (that is okay). Be at peace. But do not badmouth those artists who stand up against the forces trying to squash out y[our] rights.
Silence was written years ago to protest the action of being silenced. The mask I donned in this poem was a bio/chemical contamination (a military promask) and not the kind we currently wear during the pandemic.
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Title: 'Someone couldn’t agree and decided to flex muscle' is a poem by Maggs Vibo, but it's really testimony stated by a few of the women from the Ukraine who discussed their experiences to reporters.
The poem above was created by using text from a translated video provided by DW News on 24 February 2022. I’ve taken the words from the people interviewed (who are experiencing war) and arranged the words into a type of witness poetry. In poetry, a context for the ways of war.
If you click this link, know that real people are experiencing this trauma. It isn't meant to be a Hot Take, but rather a way to bear witness to this tragedy. As such, please be advised of this CONTENT WARNING.
Today on Twitter a writer used her talents to read Poe's words in two languages.
More of this, please.
It's a long video and discusses nuclear warfare/power. Poets in the 40s/50s/60s/70s/80s/90s/00s/10s/20s discussing the same shit we discuss today. I've visited the site in NM. It's horrifying.
It is something to live in this shadow my entire life.
Pre-Order! All purchases will be sent on or before the official publication date, 26/03/2022***
Honored to have 6 Ash Poetry Pieces inside this colossal collection.
Pre-Order today and enjoy what will surely be the best examples of experimental, constraint-based and visual poetics.
The Bird King bringeth treasure to thine nest.
Eat Soul Food.
From its sinister title we get the clue that this book is not for the faint-hearted, evoking, as it does, an intriguing amalgamation of murder and nostalgia. And this extraordinary tome certainly lives up to its contradictory oxy(moronic) moniker. Being a treatise on the eternal contradictory nature of humanity itself, 42 reflective, titled statements; coupled with a series of illustrative, digitally manipulated visual poems read like a picture-book found under the mattress of an inmate in a psychiatric ward. Begging the question, what traumas has this troubled patient been party to? And the answer seems to be, LIFE! Imagine a library of self-help tomes, lifestyle magazines and science journals, jammed into a liquidiser with several pints of the author's own blood, seasoned with wit and cynicism and you have James Knight’s epic poem… Crossed between a serial killer's frenzied yet meticulous justification of their 'unspeakable' acts and a psychedelic creation myth dreamt up by a being desperate to mock and reveal something primordial/elemental about the cruel reality of existence, this beautifully rendered volume offers page after page of grotesque postcards from a writer who appears to be very close to if not almost over, the edge. As a multitude of universal words/images/themes emerge from this treatise: mouths, teeth, wombs, sperm, lightbulbs, rooks, butterfly-wings, part skeletons, part insects…we enter the nightmarish world of a monster maker, because this is what James Knight is. A skilled technician: he scalpels words, threads together bodies and weaves a realm of magical destruction. Should we take all this seriously? There are games at play. 43 The fact that halfway into it, the first part of the narrative steps ‘Through the Looking Glass’ indicates that there is mischief afoot. Familiar yet strangely different, the reflected text and images that confront us in the second part also tease us. We want to flick back to previous pages, compare notes, check to see if we have imagined things or not and try to decipher the esoteric messages/clues that have already been cleverly concealed within our unconscious minds. And to our amazement, somewhere amongst all this horror, we begin to have fun. Noticing the puns, wordplay and allusions that pepper the narrative, we realise that we too have been 'dismembered' and that our remembered selves and experience are perhaps not quite what we imagined them to be. I urge you, with caution and a healthy dose of curiosity, to cross the threshold and be both delighted and terrified by the weird world that James Knight continues to give life to from the heart of his prolific laboratory."
Dan Power debuts "Livestock" and opens the world of Trickhouse Press to the world of visual poetry films.
These truly are strange days and there's never been a better way to capture the absurdity than through stock images.
Reimagining the great ‘City symphony’ documentaries of the 1920s that visualised human beings as components of a vast industrial machine, this short film gives us a hellish glimpse of a world a century later in which the chaotic principles of casino capitalism have transformed the workspace into an electronic plantation and reduced the horizon of desire to a close circuit of pointless productivity and compulsive consumption." - Bruce Bennett, Lancaster University "In this filmpoem from the Trickhouse studio we pass through the revolving doors of humdrum routine to find ourselves lost in the arcade of the real, where everyone is clapping but no one knows what game they're playing." - Rhiannon Auriol, Daughterhood Zine "Sensational, surreal and strangely mesmerising, LIVESTOCK traverses the glassy veneer of modern work through kaleidoscope archives of stock content, in turn, rejigging the loops of our compulsive present." - Maria Sledmere, Spam Press "Dan Power subverts the sleekly bland visual rhetoric of our corporate masters and asks, 'Are we all just livestock?'" - James Knight, Steel Incisors ~ ~ ~ Directed by Dan Power Footage licensed from Shutterstock and Getty Images Original music by CyberLink Made possible with the support of StAnza Poetry Festival and the Kickstart Jobs Scheme Trickhouse Films, 2022."
What is the point of supporting fellow artists? What good comes from collaboration? Are all artists ultimately introverted? Do your questions and quick notes to people you admire matter? Are fellow artists appreciative of your enthusiasm or just interested in book sales? Depends on the artist. Depends on a genuine love for art.
Take a look at this article and letters from 1955 available from the TATE.
In these intricately made, vibrant collages, ReVerse Butcher uses a variety of materials and tools from glue and scissors to VR and 3-D modelling software. Through her own invention, the kaleidoscopic erasure, rVb toys with perceived realities, linearity, gender, religion and possibly even time itself. There’s a tension between geometric precision and disrupted message; between the treatment of text as an authority one should obey to rVb’s playful cut-ups, distortions, drawings and red-lining. Words are presented forwards, backwards, upside down and sideways. They merge with each other and split apart to disorient the reader, to make the reader take a closer look. Visual poems can be viewed all at once by the eye, then taken in by the brain. You can scroll through and adore the vibrancy, getting a gander at individual isolated words such as “immoral” or “powerful.” Or you can view through the kaleidoscope and see the words move and dance, join and separate. This is kinetic and original work. - Amanda Earl, editor of Judith Women Making Visual Poetry (Timglaset Editions, 2021). Paperback, full colour, 210mm x 210mm. 40 visual poems and an afterword by Lyn Ashby, book artist and writer based in Melbourne."
Artist and visual poet, ReVerse Butcher has an erasure visual poetry book out now.
Buy your copy here: LINK and/or listen to the launch below!
This file is a work demonstrating my doodle capabilities *which admittedly are Uh-MAPzing. Fitness apps used were Strava and Garmin with Google Maps contorted into doodle map chimeras.
Visit Takoma Park, Community Center (Address: 7500 Maple Ave, Takoma Park, MD 20912) to to see my Rose and Poppies Calligram Vispo. What is a caligram/calligram/calligramme? Considered the forefather of surrealism, French writer Guillaume Apollinaire was notable for his typeface and arrangement of words on the page in the tradition of concrete or visual poetry. See his quote below for one definition to the term.
Check out this LINK.
The Calligrammes are an idealisation of free verse poetry and typographical precision in an era when typography is reaching a brilliant end to its career, at the dawn of the new means of reproduction that are the cinema and the phonograph."
Futures Exhibit in DC is worth a visit. Learn how the past influences today and tomorrow.
Visit the Arts and Industries Building which is being remodeled.
900 Jefferson Drive, SW
Part exhibition, part festival, FUTURES presents nearly 32,000 square feet of new immersive site-specific art installations, interactives, working experiments, inventions, speculative designs, and “artifacts of the future,” as well as historic objects and discoveries from 23 of the Smithsonian’s museums, major initiatives, and research centers. Of the nearly 150 objects on view, several are making their public debut: an artificial intelligence (AI)-driven rover from Alphabet’s X that could transform agriculture; a Planetary Society space sail for deep space travel; a Loon internet balloon; the first full-scale Buckminster Fuller geodesic dome built in North America; the world’s first controlled thermonuclear fusion device; and more."
It's visual poetry. What is visual poetry? For that, you'll need to check out the video created by #JamesKnight of Steel Incisors Press alongside VR artist ReVerse Butcher. Knight recently published some incredible vispo books which you need to know about and #share.
Click the LINK.
Where does the human species go from here? Click the link for some thoughts. LINK
Is a poem an object?
Visit poematlas.com to find out.
Poem Atlas is an exhibition platform and occasional publisher of books and object poems. It was formed in 2019 to connect individuals to new and established visual poets that toy with form in interesting ways. Our platform aims to showcase the best of object and experimental poetry in the UK and beyond, focussing on the work of poets who explore the performative aspect of tangible poems, and merge poetry and visual art to create unique visual-textual and interactive objects. We have borrowed our name from the hononymous Titan in Greek Mythology who was condemned to stand at the edge of the world and hold the entire sky in his arms until the end of time. A bit like the Titan Atlas, the poet has the potential to be the beholder of extraordinary things, such as object poems, that can attribute for some of the most exciting forms in contemporary poetry."
In my piece "Scapegoating in the Silver Age" I experimented with a hole created by using cheap paper in a water color creation. I decided to optimize the mistake and never looked back. It's fun to see these pieces experimenting with stitching. It reminds me a lot of work, but especially work by artist Susie Campbell.
Check out this LINK.
The following represents scans of my recorded coughs after being diagnosed with Covid-19. Each 3 second interval was printed atop vellum and melded with letter transfer poetry to describe my symptoms, concerns, and general exhaustion over the course of the recovery."
Thanks to Robert Frede Kenter for publishing a project of mine today at Ice Floe Press in the Pandemic Dispatches Series. If you haven't ever heard about Kenter, check through this website. I often collaborate and contribute to Ice Floe Press, which is internationally engaged and based in Toronto, Ontario & Dothan, Alabama. I've attended Kenter's recent launch party for EDEN (a vispo collection). I am a regular contributor to Ice Floe Press because I believe the team champions diverse new international voices and drives creativity and community. I've contributed pieces to every Ice Floe Press prompt offered and invite you to share and submit to any of their projects if you are so inclined. Follow them on Twitter. I have forthcoming pieces in the following Ice Floe Projects:
25 Seconds with Covid by Maggs Vibo, 2022.
Details: Russian, 1912, In A Game in Hell: A Poem (Igra v adu: Poema), poetry by Velimir Khlebnikov and Alexei Kruchenykh,, imagery by Natalia Goncharova (Moscow, 1912), Lithography, 88-B25686 [NP0370], Research Library, The Getty Research Institute. Take a look at the collection.
The Getty: LINK
Thrilled to be invited/included in an Artist Talk at the Library of Congress at the end of June.
More details to follow.
Congrats to EIC Richard Capener [known for The Babel Tower Notice Board and so many other writing and publishing successes] for his new independent press for contemporary writing which launches 1 May 2022. Cover reveal happens 7 February 2022.
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Big gratitude to everyone who's given Hem a follow this weekend. Our first release is stunning, and we're excited to be able to preview it tomorrow."