In his poetry collection Calligrammes, Apollinaire brought into the poetry arena what he called the "calligramme" - the visual poem, where the arrangement of letters on the page matters as much as what the words say or how they sound. The one above is my redrawing of the poem "It's Raining."
This one is my redrawing of "Heart, Crown and Mirror." These poems lead to contemporary "concrete poetry" and the great work of people like Geoff Huth. The calligramme is even used as one of the 99 ways in Matt Madden's recent book "99 Ways of Telling A Story."
HOW TO BE EVERYWHERE
Gallery Neptune, Bethesda, Maryland.
April 6 - 28. 2007, reception Friday April 13, 6 - 9 pm.
All the work, and a 100-page limited-edition book of drawings published at the same time, is based on the poetry of Guillaume Apollinaire.
PS It's my birthday.