Richard W. Bailey (ed.): Computer Poems (1973)

14 October 2019, dusan

A collection of early computer-generated poetry gathered by Richard W. Bailey.

“At the beginning of this century, Stephane Mallarmé published a slogan for modernism: A throw of the dice will never abolish chance. Chance is not abolished by the computer’s randomizing power but is re-created in different terms. The poet-programmer finds this power a tool to create a new set of dice, multi-faceted and marked with elements of his own choosing.

Yet the new battle to free language is fought on familiar battlefields: concrete poetry is reflected with a computer mirror in the poems of Leslie Mezei and Greta Monarch; pure poetry of sound in the verbal orchestrations of Archie Donald and Noreen Greeno; imagistic poetry in the juxtaposition of the unfamiliar by Charles Forbes, James Runner, and Robin Shirley; syllabic organization in the haiku of Margaret Chisman, Robert Gaskins, and John Morris; and the imposition of order on disorder in the poems of Marie Borroff, Pete Kilgannon, and Louis Milic. From all of these varied efforts a new convention has already arisen that allows poets like Edwin Morgan the scope to simulate computer poetry without recourse to the machine.

The Potagannissing Press takes pleasure in the publication of the following collection of poems, an edition of computer-assisted literary works executed in Britain, Canada, and the United States.

The occasion for its publication was a symposium on the computer in the arts held at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in May 1973, an event sponsored by the Academy, the Bloomfield Art Association, Eastern Michigan University, and the University of Michigan, with the support of the Michigan Council for the Arts.” (from the preface)

Publisher Potagannissing Press, Drummond Island, MI, 1973
53 pages
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Commentary: Matteo D’Ambrosio (Matlit, 2018).

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Henri Chopin: Poésie sonore internationale (1979) [French]

28 October 2018, dusan

“This is a (now) historical appraisal of Poésie sonore (Sound Poetry) by Henri Chopin, a central figure in the art form. The sonic qualities of voice and abstract sound was celebrated where poets from across the globe contributed to this phenomenal shift from the purely literal expression of text and voice. Chopin references key artists in the movement, significant works and examples of what were also often visually arresting artworks where wit, design and seriality are evident in typewriter art, collage, text art.”

The book is in French with the exception of the Introduction which is translated into English and the English section ‘A History of Recorded Sound’ (pp 13-40).

With an Introduction by William Burroughs
Publisher J.-M. Place, Paris, 1979
Trajectoires series, 1
ISBN 2858930325, 9782858930326
309 pages

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Between Poetry and Painting (1965)

26 October 2018, dusan

The catalogue for Between Poetry and Painting, an exhibition that was curated by Jasia Reichardt and held at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, from 22 October 1965 to 27 November 1965. The purview is work at the confluence of poetry and painting, with a particular emphasis on visual poetry and adjacent forms.

Exhibiting artists include: Pierre Albert-Birot, Nanni Balestrini, Thomas Bayrle/Bernhard Jäger, Claus Bremer, Henri Chopin, Bob Cobbing, Kenelm Cox, Klaus-Peter Dienst, Rolf-Gunter Dienst, Reinhard Döhl, Tom Edmonds, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Barry Flanagan, John Furnival, Heinz Gappmayr, Pierre Garnier, PA Gette, Eugen Gomringer, Raoul Hausmann, Bernard Heidsieck, Joseph Hirsal, Dom Sylvester Houédard, Ernst Jandl, Thomas Kabdebo, Jiří Kolář, Ferdinand Kriwet, John Latham, Roberto Altmann, Isidore Isou, Maurice Lemaître, Gio Minola, Roland Sabatier, Jacques Spacagna, Hansjörg Mayer, Franz Mon, Edwin Morgan, Ronaldo Azeredo, Augusto de Campos, Haroldo de Campos, Décio Pignatari, Pedro Xisto, Ladislav Novák, Antonio Porta/Romano Ragazzi, Josua Reichert, Dieter Rot, Gerhard Rühm, John Sharkey and Hans Staudacher.

Edited by Jasia Reichardt
Publisher Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, 1965
81 pages
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