Vortextique

By K. S. Ernst & Sheila E. Murphy
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

November 2008

Biography

K.S. Ernst is at work on Permutoria, a book of visio-textual collaborations with Sheila E. Murphy, from Luna Bisonte Prods. Her new book, Drop Caps, is forthcoming from Xexoxial Editions.

Sheila E. Murphy's most recent books of poetry include The Case of the Lost Objective (Case) (Otoliths Press, 2007) and, with Douglas Barbour, Continuations (The University of Alberta Press, 2007).

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