Coming soon. For anyone that missed the first edition there’s info HERE.
There were only 11 copies of Stephen Emmerson’s Poetry Wholes made. Two find good homes in libraries. If you’d like to use them but were unable to purchase here they are: The Poetry Library London (UK) and Buffalo Special Collections (USA).
Click HERE for more on the project.
In a follow up to the previous post, in Tom Orange’s article in Jacket on the early Coolidge he proposes a Poetry Whole. In this incredibly interesting article he puts a Coolidge ‘Space’ template over works by Ted Berrigan and Kenneth Koch with highly interesting results.
If we pare down the Berrigan and Koch poems in an attempt to arrange their denser materials, the results not only bear a closer resemblance to Space, but allow us to see a different order informing the texts
Poet Stephen Emmerson has worked with if p then q to create the incredible Poetry Wholes. Currently there are just 7 copies. That’s right 7 copies priced at £15 each. More may become available if there is demand. An explanation of what they are is below. And below that are some images of the box and its contexts along with two overjoyed users who are currently on work experience at if p then q. The Poetry Wholes are made of high quality laser cut Perspex and come housed in a box with a set of instructions. If you want to buy them see the bottom of this post or look in the ‘oddities’ tab.
What are they? Each Poetry Wholes contains 5 templates which you can use to make instantaneous poetry in a range of styles. Choose from the following:
- The Sonnet
- ‘Vito Acconci’
- The Ballad
- The ‘Slash’
How do I use them? Simply take a regular ‘A5’ size book such as a novel or a book of poems and place your template over the top. Now you have a poem!
How do I record my poem? Try writing them down the old fashioned way with a pen, photograph them or even cut the poem out using a craft knife – remember if you don’t own the book you should get permission from the owner before doing this!
Why not try? Literary texts and other ‘A5’ size books are not the only things to try! Why not try old packaging found around the house, your favourite websites or magazine and billboard adverts. The possibilities are endless!
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