This one invites you in

Migraine, salmonella, I gotta say, been a crappy week off. Too, though, a sunny Sunday morning, I sit here on the couch sipping tea and eating a few berries, my gut don’t hurt too much of the moment & my cat’s basking in the sun, and so.

The week of serious concerted poem-making I pictured has not happened. (Nor have the coincident weeks of serious gardening or concerted bill paying.) But did come one I’d love to show you.

It began with a glimpse just of a picture poem by Robert Grenier on Craig Dworkin’s Eclipse archive –

– and in particular the overlaying of words: I and my, am and heart, a and is, (something) and beating.

I’ve been working for a while on a script got by writing something over twice – as I’ve written about here. What, I then wondered, if the overtext weren’t just the undertext, shifted. What if a good deal more difference were let in.

As it turned out, I worked with just one phrase, this one that popped up in earlier work on Overject

89R scrap 2 upI inscribed the phrase over and over, following a protocol dictated by the digits of π, and when that felt done I stopped, and then I started filling in some of the spaces created by the intersections of overlapping letterforms. After a while I got to this.

This one invites ...Don’t honestly know if it’s any good. But it’s, at least, a new method I’m curious of. Click on it maybe to see how the details go. Thoughts?

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2 thoughts on “This one invites you in”

  1. I appreciate that the method’s rigid but the result looks random; I suspect that a truly random approach would lead to a less fascinatingly cryptic display of character and shape, light and shadow. It seems to me — though I haven’t thought about it enough yet — that the trick to compelling visual poetry, or conceptual art generally, is a simple idea, not necessarily brilliant but original and surprising (an “aha” no one else would’ve thought of, which seems obvious now that someone’s thought of it), applied methodically. That old balance of head and heart, etc. Makes me want to try this at home!


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