Introducing the AngelHousePress Essay Series
as an occasional feature on the site, AngelHousePress will be publishing a series of essays by our authors about their work. AHP's belief and hope is that ongoing conversation about the work will lead to more creativity and more conversation about art, risk, the act of creation and the works themselves.
Please send your piece in PDF form to firstname.lastname@example.org, and include a brief biography at the bottom of the piece. Also send a current author photo. Please also include a brief synopsis of the work as part of your cover letter.2018
The Vispo Bible: One Woman Recreates the Bible as Visual Poetry
presented as part of Kanada Koncrete Material Poetries in the Digital Age, University of Ottawa, May 4-6, 2018. Thanks to the Ontario Arts Council for funding part of the Vispo Bible in 2018.
Text for the Potential Uncovering of More Framing Poems
In the latest AngelHousePress essay, Sacha Archer talks about some of the consideration for his visual poem series, "Framing Poems."
Coming of Age in the Internet: An Interview with Guillaume Morissette
In this companion piece to the Small Machine Talks Interview, a.m. kozak and Guillaume Morissette discuss the challenges of living in the internet age. In this extension to their conversation, they talk about Guillaume’s novel, The Original Face (Véhicule Press, 2017) and how the main character, a millennial named Daniel, navigates relationships, work and art in this climate.
You can also enjoy our two-part interview here:
Part 1: https://soundcloud.com/user-301339427/episode-25-part-1-interview-with-guillaume-morissette
Part 2: https://soundcloud.com/user-301339427/episode-25-part-2-interview-with-guillaume-morissette-the-original-face
Louise P. Sloane: Portrait of An Artist in Her Own Words
Louise talks about her evolution as an artist and the role dyslexia and family affect her work.
Created in response to the Bush presidency, using the text from the constitution of The United States of America up to the point where a president is sworn in.
(De)Coding Beauty: a conversation/interview about concrete poetry with S. Cearley
We discuss swirling 60s and 70s rock show posters, Ernst Jandl, glitch art and S. Cearley's concrete poetry.
Sum: Word Maps
In “Sum: Word Maps,” Gil McElroy offers a systematic and creative form of (dis)organization of text into visual poems in analogy with living organisms in order to free text from meaning, metaphor and connotation.
The non-Concrete Manifesto of Concrete Poetry
In “the non-Concrete Manifesto of Concrete Poetry,” S. Cearley suggests that concrete poetry can be seen as a misunderstood grammar, a form that creates its own symbol, and is communicative as an expression of language. He makes an illustrative analogy with the language shared between aliens and humans in Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
asemic writing: recent history and ongoing research
In “asemic writing: recent history and ongoing research” jim leftwich questions the common definition of asemic writing as having no specific semantic content and discusses its readability while exploring the form as experimental textual poetry rather than as visual poetry or writing.
[Photo credit - Scott MacLeod]
Doing Franz Kline
Mark Young discusses his poetic process when working from figurative and abstract paintings, particularly the paintings of Franz Kline, an abstract expressionist painter and member of the New York School.
Breaking the Narrative to Open Up the Poem
a note on current poetics; the fine art of stumbling; Poetry has its reasons, which Reason cannot understand. Jack Spicer's dictation, Fred Wah's drunken tai chi, working against the notion of what David McGimpsey calls a people's trigonometry.
Chris Turnbull traces the evolution of her rout/e project, in which she places poems in the great outdoors.
The Derelict Narrative: An Account of In/Words
David Emery offers a companion piece to rob mclennan's profile and Peter Gibbon's personal memoir about In/Words, an Ottawa-based literary collective now in its teens.
AngelHousePress admires this persistent adolescent for its sense of community, the variety of publishing activities it has taken on & its sense of creative whimsy & mayhem. In/Words is our bratty older brother & we couldn't be more pleased to see it celebrated & remembered.
Questions between j/j hastain and Lark Fox
in this very lyrical & poetic interview, j/j hastain and
Lark Fox discuss ceremony, the verb "to winter," wildness & its
relationship to non gender conformance, about feeling freest on the edge of
things & the importance of rust. I admit that I thought these two were the
same person, given the affinity of their creative & life philosophies.
Stochastic Acts: the search string as poetry
In the latest AngelHousePress essay, "Stochastic Acts:
the search string as poetry," Mark Young examines the collage of realities
and talks about poem making strategies involving the Google search string.
A Memoir of Progress
Matthew Rader offers a brief memoir about his experiences with Michael V. Smith's latest novel Progress (Cormorant Books, 2011).
Redefining Humanity: Posthuman Passion in a Digital Age
The essay is structured as a review of Donna Haraway's book When
; more broadly, however, the piece discusses the theory of
posthumanism, and why this theory is imperative in our era.
Collage: An Interview with Camille Martin
Camille Martin is not only a poet, but also a collage artist. We learn more about her collage making in this interview, the latest in the AngelHousePress essay series.
It Won't Work
piece by Don McKay on the 25th anniversary of Brick Books in 2000,
and the temerity of its founders despite naysayers and obstacles.
Brick Books was founded in 1975 and I, as an avid reader of Canadian
literature and particularly of books by Brick, am very glad they are
here and thriving. Please visit their wonderful site
and buy their books.