January 18, 2009

DAVID ALPAUGH: “I’m attracted to poetry by its thrilling language—the electricity generated by the A & B of metaphor ‘running beautiful together.’ Visual poetry increases the voltage, counterpointing the poem’s words with a third dimension that commands the eye and affords the complex pleasure of a triple-read. In ‘Strip Taze’ the text begs a luridly posed photo of a tazer gun to reveal the primitive, naked violence it so seductively tries to obscure via the ‘cheesecake’ of 21st century technology. There will be blood! (Part of the fun was getting the final word ‘flow’ to end up on that red button.)”

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from Rattle #29, Summer 2008
Tribute to Visual Poetry

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