Visual Poetry

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
Red, by Amanda Earl at

  • SMS/SMU Genesis 16-2

    So Many Silenced, So Many Unnamed

    Genesis 16-2 And Sarai said unto Abram, Behold now, the Lord hath restrained me from bearing: I pray thee, go in unto my maid; it may be that I may obtain children by her. And Abram hearkened to the voice of Sarai.

    "An Egyptian servant, Hagar once belonged to the Pharaoh who gifted her to Sarai, Abram’s wife. Abram and Sarai were past 80 and still had no children. Spending 10 years in Canaan, Sarai became impatient and offered Hagar, as a second wife, to her husband to impregnate, due to her barrenness. As Sarai’s slave, Hagar’s baby would belong to the couple. “Listen, now! Since Yahweh has kept me from having children, go to my slave-girl. Perhaps I shall get children through her” (Genesis 16:1-2)." Marilyn A. Batchelor, Hagar and Intersectionality in Feminism and Religion.


  • SMS/SMU: Asherah
  • SMS/SMU 2 Samuel 14-15
  • SMS/SMU John 8 4-5
  • SMS/SMU Genesis 19-8