at the time I had reading a good deal of work by others while at the same time - as curator and host - hearing a lot of poetry by high school students who were bending their language spoons in any number of pretzel shapes. This was 1995-1999. I had already seen concrete poetry and was familiar with a number of magazines of the period that experimented with typography and lay-out. Stephane Mallarme's A THROW OF THE DICE. The work of Something Else Press & Dick Higgins
. Early hypertext experiments on the Internet. They all flavored my thoughts about how the collection ought to appear.
Not surprisingly, the graphic artist/illustrator Katy Jean knew what to do. She didn't create pages : she made spreads. The poems weren't "black letters on a white paper", they were closer in style to ads in Fast Company or Spin.
Labels: A Throw of the Dice, Dick Higgins, Something Else Press, stephane mallarme
A tangled journey through thickets of time : over a decade ago now - in the midst of writing a series of poems while serving as a curator and host to a number of poetry events across Berks County, PA and environs, I composed one that had a particular immediacy to it that I decided would serve well as a title, Fast White
Some of the pieces that more or less cobbled themselves together during this period of time are related in tone and substance to the earlier published Spontaneous Chili
, which itself was an experiment in group writing at the infancy of the Internet and AOL chatrooms. The poems in that collection was cases of "sponting" : spontaneous on-line group poetry writing. As I imagined the future of creation in the electronic future of cyberspace, I concluded that it was be a hybrid one. It would be text WEDDED to image.