Making Poetic the Visual and Visual the Poetic
This book came about as a result of Course 2 in the MoJo Modules - Accessing Instinctual Creativity. The five classes were:
What is Poetry and this included a skid through the history of poetry and its various forms. Using asemic writing, we then wrote a limerick, a quatern, a sonnet and free verse poetry - all of which would form part of a chapbook which was published in an edition of 5 at the end of the course.
Free Form word formation and association was the task in session 2. It was collaborative in that we all worked on 24 different sets of pages.
These will form part of the next edition of Mail Art Makes the World a Town (See An Encyclopedia of Everything - http://an-encyclopedia-of-everything.blogspot.com )
Visual Representation of Words and Language (including Poetry) from Ancient times to today was the next section we tackled, including the skid, the slide…(you have to book for the course to find out about that one)! And so we went on, until the final class where we assembled the artists books. Remember - this is not about being a necessarily a poet - but everyone was surprised, how given the chance, words make their presence felt. The course is about accessing creativity which resides inside ALL of us and this module used the poetics and visual-ness of words as medium.
The final hard covered book consisted of 4 chapbooks from the participants and a book of visual poetry by John Bennett (USA) who a while ago had sent me extra copies of one of his publications, in an accordion format with pamphlet stitch pockets.