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POETRY FROM “A BOOK OF POEMS” BY STEPHEN EMMERSON

THROUGH THE MIRROR I TELL MYSELF BY NADIA GERASSIMENKO
February 4, 2019
FIVE POEMS BY HALEY JENKINS
February 6, 2019

 

A book of poems made out of the communist manifesto. Each page is put through a different process of work: Sanding, painting, washing, soldering, etc. The pages are scanned and presented as visual poems.

 

 

 

 

 

A book of poems called Vito did it first. The book is composed of descriptions of ideas for artworks that turn out to have already been made/performed by Vito Acconci. For example:

‘I wanted to follow random people around the city and take notes of what they did and when. But Vito did it first.’

 

 

 

 

 

A book of poems called  You Can’t Eat Poetry. The title is printed on various strips of rice paper and placed in a perspex box with air holes drilled into it. Five slugs are also placed in the box and begin the eat the rice paper. Photographs of the experiment are taken and presented as a series of visual poems.

 

 

 

 

A book of poems called Haikube. Words from classical haiku are written onto 54 small square stickers. The stickers are then stuck over the 54 coloured squares of a Rubik’s Cube. The cube  is then moved to produce random combinations of words. The words from each 3 x 3 squared side of the cube are written down to produce new haiku. The cube is then moved into a new position and the new combinations can be written down. This is repeated until there is enough material for a book.

 

 


Stephen Emmerson is the author of Comfortable Knives (KFS), Family Portraits, and Poetry Wholes (If P Then Q), The Journal of Baal (Veer), and A Never Ending Poem..(ZimZalla).