Monday, January 31, 2011

Visual Poetry

First letter style
I used to have a subscription to Poetry Magazine, a publication of the Poetry Foundation.Sadly, I no longer recieve issues of this magazine, but there is substantial shelf space dedicated to the copies I did recieve over the last couple of years. One of the issues was devoted to what is termed visual poetry. Do ya'll know about this amazing art form? If not, here's a sampling!

Untitled, by Alberto Vitacchio

Ruth Bavetta, found in the Summer 2008 edition of "Rattle."

"Untitled," by Derek Beaulieu

Visual Poem by Michael Basinki

Untitled, by Rebecca Eddy

"Fallen" by Jorg Piringer

"Information Leak" by Richard Evans

 I freakin' love this stuff! I love how it incorporates language and the symbols of language into visual art. I love how this poetry reflects our postmodern culture. I want grab scissors and glue, and snip out a poetic collage or write with the paints and brushes I have stashed away somewhere. What do YOU think?


  1. I can't say I've ever heard of visual poetry, very cool. If I was more of a visual artist I'd give it a go myself.

  2. Hi, thanks for stopping by, Diego! It's great to meet you. I am not much of a visual artist myself, but I'm intriqued by this concept.

    I'm also "a writer attempting to write." And it is true--it's harder than it sounds!

  3. I love 'Information Leak.' I have to agree the mix the elements of writing with such a large scale medium is beautiful.

  4. I've seen "Information leak" before and I just ignored it. But now that I know what it is supposed to be I love it. ^__^
    The signabove it that says "Danger Hot Water" can lead a person to think about many things when you think about the garble of words pouring out of the faucet.

    My only problem is, how do you read it?

    oh, and thanks for checking out my blog. ^__^
    I knew that I would just have to check out yours.

  5. WJ, it's great how visual poetry sort of get your brain to work on a different level! Much of visual poetry, I think, is supposed to be absorbed holistically. There is no linear way to read it. It's postmodern, in the full sense of the term, and I love it!

    I like what you're doing with the Writing Junkie blog. Keep it up! And thanks for dropping by here. Hope to see you around!

  6. ruthbavetta@gmail.comFebruary 3, 2011 at 10:00 AM

    Hi, I'm Ruth Bavetta, the creator of Triangle, shown above. I'm delighted to find it here. However, it's an early piece and did not appear in Rattle's Visual Poetry issue.

    Here are my Rattle pieces. They're more representative of the work I'm doing now. I'm both a visual artist and a poet.

    My recent work is what’s called Visual Poetry, combining both words and images, carving poems out of the text in old books, the working on the page with watercolors, inks and metallics. Three of these were published in the special Visual Poetry issue of Rattle last year. You can see them here:


  7. Hi Ruth,

    I'm delighted that you dropped by here and took a look around! Thank you so much for the links; I love the archaic look of the pages, the vibrant colors, combined with snatches of poetry! I definitely post a link to your work in Rattle, for my readers to look through!

    All the best,

  8. ruthbavetta@gmail.comFebruary 3, 2011 at 3:20 PM

    Glad you like them, Laura!



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