Vortextique

By K. S. Ernst
Visual Poetry: K.S. Ernst and Sheila E. Murphy

The world of visual poetry is known for its collaborations, and some visual poets create a large percentage of their works in this way. What is interesting about K.S. Ernst and Sheila E. Murphy's collaborations is how seamless they are, as if created from one intelligence, even though the poets come from different areas of major practice. Ernst is highly attuned to the world of the visual arts, producing works designed for gallery spaces. Murphy is an active textual poet and a more recent participant in visual poetry. In "Vortextique," the vortex before us is literal: a maelstrom of words that suggests the ultimate artificiality of linguistic signs, the ambiguity of speech, and the impossibility of absolutely accurate communication.—Geof Huth

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Source: Poetry (November 2008).

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This poem originally appeared in the November 2008 issue of Poetry magazine

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November 2008

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K.S. (Kathy) Ernst has been writing poetry and making art for over 40 years. While Ernst is best known as one of the most important examples of late 20th century and early 21st century female visual poets in America, she is also known in the digital arts and fine arts communities. Ernst’s work is applicable to the genres of sculpture, multimedia, and works on paper, artists’ books, painting, fiber arts, and new digital works. . . .

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POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

Poetic Terms Visual Poetry

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