1. Home
  2. Poetry Magazine
  3. Poems
  4. Vortextique by K. S. Ernst, Sheila E. Murphy
Vortextique

Related Poem Content Details

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

Source: Poetry (November 2008)

More from this issue

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

  • Search every issue of Poetry

Your results will be limited to content that appeared in Poetry magazine. Search the whole site

Vortextique

Related Poem Content Details

  • 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. Her work has critical importance to art historical discussions regarding late twentieth-century use of image and text, or perhaps more succinctly the “text as image” trend as seen in important contemporary artists such as Jenny Holzer, Richard Kostelanetz, and Xu Bing. Her work is also applicable to the growing fields of study known as creative non-fiction, and digital arts.
    K.S. Ernst has shown her work nationally and internationally including shows at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts, the Berkeley Art...

  • Sheila E. Murphy is a text and visual poet. Her recent books include American Ghazals (2012), Noun that I've Been Watching (2012), American Haibun (2012), the Daylight Sections (2011) and, with Douglas Barbour, Continuations (2007) and Continuations 2 (2012). She earned a BA from Nazareth College, an MA in English from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, and a PhD in Educational Administration from Arizona State University.

    Murphy has collaborated with many poets and artists, such as Douglas Barbour, Charles Alexander, K.S. Ernst, and mIEKAL aND. She cofounded and coordinated the poetry reading series for the Scottsdale Center for the Arts. She lives in Phoenix, Arizona.

  • Poems By K. S. Ernst

  • Poems By Sheila E. Murphy

  • Poem Categorization

    If you disagree with this poem's categorization make a suggestion.
  • Search every issue of Poetry

Your results will be limited to content that appeared in Poetry magazine. Search the whole site

Other Information