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.

Last updated 4/23/2015