The Last Vispo Anthology: Visual Poetry 1998-2008

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2012
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978-1-60699-626-3
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Abstract (in English): 

The Last Vispo Anthology is composed of vispo (a portmanteau of the words “visual” and “poetry") from the years 1998 to 2008, during a burst of creative activity fueled by file sharing and email, which made it possible for the vispo community to establish a more heightened and sophisticated dialogue with one another. The collection extends the dialectic between art and literature that began with ancient “shaped text,” medieval pattern poetry, and dada typography, pushing past the concrete poetics of the 1950s and the subsequent mail art movement of the 1980s to its current incarnation. Rather than settle into predictable, unchallenged patterns, this vibrant poetry seizes new tools to expand the body of work that inhabits the borderlands of visual art and poetic language.

The Last Vispo Anthology features 148 contributors from 23 countries on five continents. It includes 12 essays that illuminate the abundant history and the state of vispo today. The anthology offers a broad amalgam of long-time practitioners and poets new to visual poetry over the last decade, underscoring the longevity and the continued vitality of the art form.

(Source: Publisher's catalog description)

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Contents (Critical Writing):

Title Author
Concrete & “What Looks Like Poetry Derek Beaulieu
The Last Vispo: Toward Vispoetics Nico Vassilakis

Contents (Creative Works):

Work title Author
Negative Thoughts W. Mark Sutherland

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