Optic / Phonetic / Kinetic : Classics of Concrete Poetry

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  • Of Celebration of Morning        Dick Higgins        Books        $100.00
  • Aftertexts / Prose Pieces        Richard Kostelanetz        Books        $25.00
  • Whitewalls        Laurie Palmer and Timothy Porges, Whitewalls and editors        Periodicals / Out of Print Periodicals        $10.00
  • Whitewalls         Timothy Porges and Laurie Palmer, Jeanne Dunning, Editor and Whitewalls        Periodicals        $65.00
  • Typewriter Poems        Peter Finch, editor, Alison Bielski, Paula Claire, Thomas A. Clark, Bob Cobbing, Michael Gibbs, John Gilbert, dsh, Philip Jenkins, Andrew Lloyd, Peter Mayer, Cavan McCarthy, Edwin Morgan, Will Parfitt, Marcus Patton, I.D. Pedersen, Alan Riddell, John J. Sharkey, Meic Stephens, Charles Verey, J.P. Ward and Nicholas Zurbrugg        Books        $25.00
  • A Valentine for Noël        Emmett Williams        Books / Out of Print Books        $50.00
  • Complete Minimal Poems        Aram Saroyan        Books        $20.00
  • A Sailor’s Calendar : A Miscellany        Ian Hamilton Finlay and Gordon Huntly        Books / Out of Print Books        $150.00
  • The Book of Hours and Constellations        Eugene Gomringer, Jerome Rothenberg and editor and translator        Books        $45.00
  • Whitewalls : A Magazine of Writings By Artists        Timothy Porges and Laurie Palmer, Whitewalls and editors        Periodicals        $20.00
  • Geiger        Geiger        Periodicals / Out of Print Periodicals        $700.00
  • An Anthology of Concrete Poetry        Emmett Williams        Books        $150.00
  • Fields / Turfs / Pitches / Arenas        Richard Kostelanetz        Books        $20.00
  • Foew&ombwhnw        Dick Higgins        Books / Out of Print Books        $20.00
  • The Four Suits        Alison Knowles, Thomas Schmitt, Benjamin Patterson and Philip Corner        Books / Out of Print Books        $150.00

This December Primary Information released their re-edition of Emmett Williams’ Anthology of Concrete Poetry. The introduction of the book gives a brief history of concrete poetry, as follows:

First published by the legendary Something Else Press in 1967, An Anthology of Concrete Poetry was the first American anthology on the international movement of Concrete poetry. The movement itself began in the early 1950s, in Germany–through Eugen Gomringer, who borrowed the term “concrete” from the art of his mentor, Max Bill–and in Brazil, through the Noigandres group, which included the de Campos brothers and Decio Pignatari. Over the course of the 1960s it exploded across Europe, America and Japan, as other protagonists of the movement emerged, such as Dieter Roth, Öyvind Fahlström, Ernst Jandl, bpNichol, Mary Ellen Solt, Jackson Mac Low, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Bob Cobbing, Dom Sylvester Houédard, Pierre Garnier, Henri Chopin, Brion Gysin and Kitasono Katue. By the late 1960s, poet Jonathan Williams could proclaim: “If there is such a thing as a worldwide movement in the art of poetry, Concrete is it.”

In traditional poetry words are generally built into sentences to signify meaning (ideas, symbolism, narrative etc). Alternatively, concrete writing places emphasis on the formal properties of letters, words and paragraphs as they appear on a page; its visual form and composition ‘perceived’ as much as it is ‘read’ in the traditional sense. The works included here are aware foremost of their structure as a mode of transmitting their value, and can be understood both as an artwork and poem.

Concrete! a documentary on the Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry, can be found here.

Checklist
  1. Emmett Williams
    An Anthology of Concrete Poetry
    New York, NY: something else press and Primary Information, 1967, Something Else Press; 2013, Primary Information
    2500
    Out of stock
  2. Dick Higgins
    Of Celebration of Morning
    West Glover, VT: Printed Editions, 1980
    900
    $100.00
  3. Alison Knowles, Thomas Schmitt, Benjamin Patterson and Philip Corner
    The Four Suits
    New York, NY: something else press, 1965
    $150.00
  4. Ian Hamilton Finlay and Gordon Huntly
    A Sailor’s Calendar : A Miscellany
    New York, NY: something else press, 1971
    1000
    Out of stock
  5. Richard Kostelanetz
    Aftertexts / Prose Pieces
    New York, NY: Atticus Press, 1987
    size unknown
    $25.00
  6. Eugene Gomringer, Jerome Rothenberg and editor and translator
    The Book of Hours and Constellations
    New York, NY: Inc. and something else press, 1968
    size unknown
    Out of stock
  7. Timothy Porges and Laurie Palmer, Whitewalls and editors
    Whitewalls : A Magazine of Writings By Artists
    Chicago, IL: Whitewalls Inc., 1988
    size unknown
    Out of stock
  8. Laurie Palmer and Timothy Porges, Whitewalls and editors
    Whitewalls
    Chicago, IL: Whitewalls Inc., 1989
    size unknown
    Out of stock
  9. Timothy Porges and Laurie Palmer, Jeanne Dunning, Editor and Whitewalls
    Whitewalls
    Chicago, IL: Whitewalls Inc., 1989
    size unknown
    $65.00
  10. Geiger
    Geiger
    Torino, Italy: Edizioni Geiger, 1970
    300
    Out of stock
  11. Richard Kostelanetz
    Fields / Turfs / Pitches / Arenas
    Kansas City, MO: BKMK, 1982
    size unknown
    $20.00
  12. Peter Finch, editor, Alison Bielski, Paula Claire, Thomas A. Clark, Bob Cobbing, Michael Gibbs, John Gilbert, dsh, Philip Jenkins, Andrew Lloyd, Peter Mayer, Cavan McCarthy, Edwin Morgan, Will Parfitt, Marcus Patton, I.D. Pedersen, Alan Riddell, John J. Sharkey, Meic Stephens, Charles Verey, J.P. Ward and Nicholas Zurbrugg
    Typewriter Poems
    New York and Cardiff, NY and Wales: Something Else Press and Second Aeon Productions, 1972
    size unknown
    $25.00
  13. Emmett Williams
    A Valentine for Noël
    New York, NY: Inc. and something else press, 1973
    size unknown
    $50.00
  14. Dick Higgins
    Foew&ombwhnw
    New York, NY: something else press, 1969
    size unknown
    Out of stock
  15. Aram Saroyan
    Complete Minimal Poems
    New York, NY: Ugly Duckling Presse, 2007
    size unknown
    Out of stock
Last updated 4/23/2015
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