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Wordworks: Poems Selected and New, 1993

Identifier: CC-08122-8283

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Scope and Contents

Publishers Weekly: "In 1967, when critic Kostelanetz began publishing his own visual poetry, he was one of the most accessible practitioners of the form. A poem composed of the single word "lollypop" travels vertically down the page, the first O huge so the whole looks like a lollipop. A five-page tribute to Henry Ford is composed entirely of the letters A and T. Later work pulls apart words and places them back together, as in "relationship," the central I and O forming the knot of a bowtie-like shape formed by the other letters. "I seem to have . . . characteristic ways of handling language that extend from print into other media," Kostelanetz says as he moves from visual to aural poetry, then on to film and video poems. Short, conversational prefaces to each of this book's 15 sections help pave the way for uninitiated readers (though as the work becomes more difficult to appreciate on the page, his introductions become more technical and complex). These commentaries threaten to overshadow the poems, yet add to the collection's value. Gathering poems previously presented in limited editions, this volume displays the full spectrum of Kostelanetz's writings." -- Source of annotation: Marvin or Ruth Sackner.


  • Creation: 1993



0 See container summary (1 hard cover book (207 pages) in dust jacket) ; 23.5 x 15.6 x 2 cm

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English

Physical Location

alpha shelf

Custodial History

The Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry, gift from Ruth and Marvin A. Sackner and the Sackner Family Partnership.


Published: Brockport, New York : BOA Editions. Nationality of creator: American. General: Added by: CONV; updated by: MARVIN.

Repository Details

Part of the The Ruth and Marvin Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry Repository

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