I have synaesthesia, which means that I blend senses together. In my case it is colour and text, and sometimes sound and colour. My particular form is called grapheme synaesthesia. This is one reason why I enjoy playing around with text in smaller units than the word. Here are a few places where you can find my attempts at visual poetry & below the links, you will find recent work, which i post on my visual poetry blog.
latest visual poetry chapbook is "une semaine dans la vie de l'alphabet" published in Puddles of Sky Press' "Illiterature, Issue 3: a journal of minimalist poetry"
In 2012, my visual poetry was published in the Last Vispo Anthology by Fantagraphics.
Gary Barwin included a talk and interview with me about my visual poetry in his Jacket2 feature, Languageye.
Drunken Boat Issue 10
Synaesthesian Alphabet, by Amanda Earl
Amanda Earl at otherclutter.com
Red, by Amanda Earl at unlikelystories.org
- a hand made visual poem featured in Guest 8: Femmecraft
For this issue, the editors are the wonderful Kate Siklosi and Dani Spinosa, who sent out a call for femmecraft, hand made work. I loved this idea. I am pleased that my stoneware NO bowl is in the chapbook. You can pick up a copy through above/ground press, and you should...because there is intriguing work therein. My contribution is a handbuilt stoneware bowl in the form of a coil and the word “NO,” which I also made from stoneware. I was thinking about craft, which is often dismissed as "women’s work," as if that is somehow pejorative, and often not considered to be art. I was thinking about resistance to this idea and resistance to women’s empowerment and creativity. I thought the call represented a celebration of feminist resistance to patriarchal dismissal and suppression of the force and creativity of imagination.
This is one of four imperfect pieces I submitted for consideration. They are cracked and chipped and made wrong. When I first started to take pottery workshops in the 90s, my instructor told me my work was charmingly uneven. I replied that this was much like my character. I think handmade work can resist this insistence on perfection and therefore show evidence of tender humanity. As T.J. Burnett said, “Perfection is a second-rate idea.”
and here are the other pieces from the series:
- The Vispo Bible: Matthew 8, 9 and 10 in Train: a journal of concrete
- The Vispo Bible: Deuteronomy - completed
- not quite a palindrome, an homage to Sacha Archer's Redo in Arc Poetry Magazine's Issue 90
- Page Fifty One publishes Deuteronomy 2