An Anthology of Concrete Poetry

“Concrete Poetry isn't really one sort yet a cluster of percentages, all falling within the Intermedium among semantic poetry, calligraphic and typographic poetry, and sound poetry.

It first crystalized out of those prior modes within the early Fifties within the works of such humans as Eugen Gomringer (CH), Carlo Belloli (IT), Dieter Rot (IS), Öyvind Fahlström (SW), the Noigandres crew (Haroldo and Augusto de Campos, Décio Pignatari and others, BR), Carlfriedrich Claus (GDR), Gerhard Rühm, Friedrich Achleitner and H.C. Artmann (AT), Daniel Spoerri and Claus Bremer (DE), and Emmett Williams (US, then residing in DE). lately a moment iteration of significant figures have extra to the flow, together with such humans as Hansjörg Mayer (DE), Ladislav Novák and Jiří Kolář (CZ), Edwin Morgan and Ian Hamilton Finlay (SC), Bob Cobbing (EN), bp Nichol (CA), Mary Ellen Solt and Jonathan Williams (US), Pierre and Ilse Garnier (FR), Seiichi Niikuni and Kitasono Katue (JP) and lots of others.

The actual fact of the looks of parallel paintings kind of independently in such a lot of international locations and languages shows one of many precise points of the circulate, particularly its resource being within the improvement of a brand new mentality during which values turn into fused and inter-relationships validated on a extra advanced undeniable than used to be the case within the purer, previous modes of poetry.”

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Their every day, every hour was premortem. Although this premortem pastime in the given society boiled down to continuous orgies, it seems to us that the very thought of premortem sharpening of perception and sensitivity of the epidermis and feeling was more than justified. After all, poets especially have to possess a sharp memory of love and wide opened eyes to the whole dear, joyous and sorrowful world, to see their full share of it and drink its every minute for the final time. You yourself know that in the minutes of extreme dangers, when death is near, in one such second we remember so much more than can present itself even in the span of a long hour, when we are in the ordinary state of mind.

23 января 1911 Киев *** “It’s late! I’m tired, I’m yawning…” “Mignon, lie down and rest, For my slender mistress, I’m curling This ginger wig by request. ’ She will let the lace of her mask Hide her devious laughter away. ” January 23, 1911 Kiev Маскарад в парке Луна освещает карнизы, Блуждает по гребням реки… Холодные руки маркизы Так ароматны-легки. �О принц! — улыбаясь, присела, — В кадрили вы наш vis-à-vis», — И томно под маской бледнела От жгучих предчувствий любви.

We are not writing a critique, and our role is a rather minor one: only to announce the name and somehow present the newly arrived. We can hint slightly at her origins, indicate certain signs and voice our conjectures, - which is what we are doing. And thus, ladies and gentlemen, she comes towards us, new and young, but having all the credentials necessary for becoming a real poet. And her name is – Anna Akhmatova. 1912 M. Kuzmin I Любовь То змейкой, свернувшись клубком, У самого сердца колдует, То целые дни голубком На белом окошке воркует, То в инее ярком блеснёт, Почудится в дреме левкоя...

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