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    accretive newspoem

    Scanned the front page of yesterday's Chicago Tribune and cut-and-pasted until I had the following (click on the image for a full-size PDF):

    I'm pretty pleased with the way it turned out, although there were times when I felt like I was either playing with a current-event-themed set of Magnetic Poetry or making a poster out of cut-up magazines for some high school project. Maybe needs a little more formal rigor?

    It's also worth noting that most of the concepts behind this poem are getting on close to being 100 years old now: Tristan Tzara advocated making poems out of newspaper clippings as long ago as 1913, and Filippo Marinetti is using various font sizes and non-linear page layouts one year later (with some of the Russians and Parisians doing so even earlier). And yet there's a part of me that still feels like these forms are among the ones that are most relevant to the future...

    Happy Halloween, and happy birthday to K.


    Monday, October 31, 2005
    1:17 PM


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